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Oregon’s First Lady, Cylvia Hayes and Governor John Kitzhaber are on a mission to end poverty in Oregon and Hayes’ first step is Hayes' "Prosperity Initiative". Both were in Bend on Thursday, and one stop, at the Healy Heights community room, where a “Head Start” program was in full swing, the pair visited with some of the children and toured the complex. Hayes spoke about her "Prosperity Initiative" where she is encouraging more Oregonians to get involved with helping organizations like NeighborImpact, to lift Oregon out of poverty. "The prosperity initiative that I'm working on is really taking a two-prong approach. On the one hand, we are raising awareness about the crisis of poverty in Oregon and about the inspirational organizations that are available to help people who have those immediate acute needs. But just as importantly, we are addressing the root causes, how do we start to prevent the need on the front end?" Hayes described her own battles with poverty when she was younger; and that fixing the poverty problem begins with more community involvement. During the visit to Healy Heights, the Governor also signed a proclamation making may "Community Action Month" and encouraged all Oregonians to step up and help these community organizations take steps to end poverty. 

 

 

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