Susan Masiak, spokesperson for the Pathway project, moderated the Jan. 22, 2013 Pathway to Self-Sustainability kick-off meeting. This interfaith and community project is a unique way to end poverty for many families in Oakland County.

Moo Cluck Moo rep to be at Pathway mtg

Update: Oct. 2, 2013

Co-founder of Moo Cluck Moo Harry Moorhouse is planning to attend the Oct. 15 Pathway to Self-Sustainability meeting. The meeting agenda is still being fine-tuned, but the current plan is to make a brief announcement about Moo Cluck Moo and invite people with small business/franchise backgrounds to meet with Moorhouse after the meeting.

Susan Masiak, spokesperson for the Pathway to Self-Sustainability project, says, “At the Oct. 15 meeting, we would like to invite our Pathway Partners to consider investing in increments of $1,000 toward opening a Moo Cluck Moo franchise, or identifying people who might be interested in this or in being the major investor.”

Moo Cluck Moo is a carry-out restaurant located in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Their menu features all natural beef, chicken breast, dairy, Berkshire bacon and cheese, along with whole grain and barley sweet protein buns and Michigan-made sodas. The company recently announced it will be paying its workers $15 an hour in a move to keep and attract good workers. Moo Cluck Moo’s announcement has helped raise awareness of the poverty among us and the plight of low-wage earners. More information about Moo Cluck Moo is available at!home/mainPage.

News for Release: Sept. 10, 2013

Learn how to end poverty in Oakland County at Oct. 15 Pathway to Self-Sustainability meeting

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Oakland County, Mich., consistently ranks among the top counties in the United States for quality of life, business success and educational advancement, according to the 2013 edition of the county’s “Prosper” magazine. However, for the estimated 125,000 Oakland County residents living in poverty, every day is a constant struggle to have enough to eat and a place to sleep. The Pathway to Self-Sustainability project is dedicated to eliminating this poverty among us by helping individuals and families become self-sustaining.

To help spread the word about what can be done to help end poverty in Oakland County, the Pathway to Self-Sustainability meeting is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting is in the gym of St. James Catholic Church, located at 241 Pearson St., Ferndale, Mich., 48220 (west side of Woodward, south of 9 Mile). There is no cost to attend the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

“I hope everyone interested in helping to end poverty in Oakland County will join us on Oct. 15,” says Susan Masiak, spokesperson for the Pathway to Self-Sustainability project. “You will hear about local poverty and local projects that end poverty, one family or person at a time, permanently. Each of us can make an important difference in some way.

“People will have an opportunity to sign up for more information on a project that interests them. Those deciding to get involved in a specific way will eventually be asked to give of their time, talent or treasure. However, even those with limited time or resources can help by being an advocate for the project. For example, they can write letters to elected officials about policies affecting those living in poverty; and they can encourage family and friends to learn more about poverty and what can be done to end it. Just helping to raise awareness of the poverty among us is beneficial. There is a role for everyone interested in putting an end to poverty.

“The Pathway to Self-Sustainability is an all-volunteer, interfaith and community project. We study the things that keep people in Oakland County trapped in poverty. We find and develop services that successfully help them get out of poverty. Forever.

“Poverty hurts everyone,” adds Masiak. “Our community belongs to all of us and needs each of us to help end poverty. Enough frustration watching the news; you can make a difference. Come and see.”

RSVPs for the meeting are much appreciated, but not required. Please email, or call 248-705-8868 to RSVP or for more information.

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