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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • STEPMC Profile: Fred Bohnenblust

  • Editor’s Note: The Steps to End Poverty in McPherson County organization has established a goal of eliminating poverty in the county. The multi-step approach started early this year and is now in the Getting Ahead process in which low-income families attend a series of 18 courses to learn how to overcome obstacl...
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  • Editor’s Note: The Steps to End Poverty in McPherson County organization has established a goal of eliminating poverty in the county. The multi-step approach started early this year and is now in the Getting Ahead process in which low-income families attend a series of 18 courses to learn how to overcome obstacles and move out of poverty. During this time, volunteers are training to become allies of Getting Ahead class members while others are being trained to learn how to help low-income families change their situation. During this time, The Sentinel, in partnership with the STEPMC organization, will be offering weekly profiles on STEP volunteers. The profiles will highlight individuals that are members of one of six committeess. If you would like more information on any part of this process contact Brenda Sales of the United Way, 241-5152 or Neisha Dahlstrom, 242-6781, or by E-mail at stepmcphersoncounty@gmail.com.
    Name:
    Fred Bohnenblust
    Age:
    58
    Place of Residence: 
    McPherson
    Which team are you a member of and what are your responsibilities with that group?   
    Guiding Coalition.
    -Collaborative efforts with the community businesses and McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity  
     
    Why did you choose to get involved with STEPMC?
    STEPMC is trying to do what we at Habitat for Humanity have been trying to do since our beginning in McPherson in 1992 – and that is giving a “hand-up” rather than a hand out. Helping and empowering people with low incomes to better themselves. At Habitat for Humanity we do it through helping people have home ownership. But STEPMC is taking a more “Wholistic” approach by helping a person see what barriers are preventing them from bettering themselves and then build a plan to improve themselves with the help of others around them.
     
    Why do you believe this initiative is important for the people of McPherson County?
    McPherson County is blessed with a better wealth and living environment than most communities. We (McPherson) will be better when “everyone” can have access to that wealth and environment.

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