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The Board of Directors for Michael's House of Hope, a nonprofit recently funded by A Circle of Ten's (C10) Expanding Capacity Opportunities for Nonprofits (ECON), participated in strategic planning to begin preparing plans for the future.  The group studied where they were currently and where they would like to be within five years.  Topics covered included Mission & Services; Staff, Board, Volunteers; Marketing; Budget; and Facilities.  The training took place on Feb. 24, 2011, and was led by Kathy Holdway and Pam Anderson, Facilitators for C10. 

Michael's House was awarded a capacity building subgrant in June 2010.  These funds were made possible through the US Dept of Health & Human Services "Expanding Capacity Opportunities for Nonprofits" (ECON) grant, which brought $230,000 in competitive subgrants in the North Tyler area.   A myriad of training and technical assistance is also being provided to Community & Faith-based nonprofits geared towards increasing their capacity to provide improved and/or increased services. 

ECON is an initiative of A Circle of Ten, Inc., based in Jacksonville, TX, who will, along with several cooperating entities, provide much of the training and technical assistance.  Michael's House's subgrant funds are being used for additional capacity building including the purchase of a van to transport clients, purchasing carpentry equipment to teach their clients a job skill, and staff development not offered via ECON.

In collaboration with C10, Michael's House is focusing on three of the previously identified community priorities, determined earlier this year during several priority setting meetings as part of the efforts of the North Tyler Rebuild America Initiative.  Those three include Health Resources, education/workforce in "green jobs", and transportation.  Other priorities set by each community include: adult literacy/education; youth services and opportunities; economic and business development.  

Michael's House of Hope provides a safe and nurturing environment for individuals recover from addictions and self-destructive behaviors.  It promotes restoration of the whole person by providing structured programs and services that support physical, emotional and social needs. For more information on Michael's House, please contact Marcus Wade, Director of Outreach at 903-871-8700 ext 510 or by email at

Additional information about A Circle of Ten and its initiatives is available at, 903-541-0013 or email

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