Latest “Making a Difference” segment highlights hope born of The Northwest Project

Photo caption, from left: Mike Smith, Ginger Ramirez and Kristina Wilmoth share stories and highlights of The Northwest Project, now entering its third year.


The most recent “Making a Difference” segment from KSMU radio’s Mike Smith focuses on the second anniversary of The Northwest Project, the CFO’s $1.3 million initiative to lift families in Springfield’s northwestern Zone 1 district out of poverty.

April 27 marked the release of the project’s second annual report at Community Summit on poverty. At the event, community leaders and Northwest Project organizers shared successes and statistics of Springfield’s increasingly collaborative approach to dealing with poverty.

For the radio segment, Smith spoke with Ginger Ramirez, a Springfield mother who participates in Northwest Project programming at The Fairbanks, the original hub for the program located in the Grant Beach neighborhood. Ramirez shares her story of how she shifted from being a hopeless mother of four, getting by on $70 a week from selling plasma, to an employed, empowered woman who has returned to school and is emerging from poverty.

You can listen to the full version of the segment here. A shorter version airs on Monday, April 30 at 7:45 a.m. and 4:44 p.m.