United Way Welcomes New Circles Director - KOAM TV 7

United Way Welcomes New Circles Director

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United Way's initiative, Circles™, welcomes Ms. Teddy Steen as the new Director as of November 24th. Teddy comes to the Circles™ program and United Way with many years of working with individuals and families recovering from substance abuse, often resulting in poverty. She is the Founder and current Executive Director of Ascent Recovery Residences.

"Joplin is my home and I see Circles™ as an avenue for real change in our community and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I love the way that Circles™ involves the entire community, addresses the big issues and involves key players to solve the very big problem that is poverty. Circles™ takes people to the next level and helps them get out of the poverty trap," Steen stated.

Ms. Steen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education. She holds certificates through the Missouri Substance Abuse Credentialing Board as a SATOP instructor, a Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor II, a Missouri Recovery Support Professional, and a Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist. Teddy serves on the Workforce Investment Board. She is the Missouri Re-entry Committee Chairperson for the District 9 and District 33 Missouri Probation and Parole office, and she serves on the Restorative Justice Board with District 9 Missouri Probation and Parole office.

" Teddy will bring enthusiasm and excitement to the Circles™ program and the United Way office," Duane Dreiling, United Way Executive Director, added.

Circles™ is an innovative campaign to eliminate poverty by providing the framework to increase the emotional and financial stability of participating families and reduce their use of welfare benefits. Just as importantly, Circles™ brings the experience of poverty into the hearts and minds of community members and leaders, taking us one step closer to a national commitment to end poverty.

For more information on the Circles™ initiative, please visit www.unitedwaymokan.org/circles-joplin or call (417) 624-0153.

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