Circles is a program that works to address poverty by empowering people in poverty with skills, knowledge, and support to achieve their goals to become self-sufficient. It works via healthy, long term relationships to assist families and individuals to lead themselves into permanent self-sufficiency. No handouts are expected or given. Rather, community volunteers help under-resourced participants find better ways to budget, resolve conflict, create networks, and gain the skills needed for successful employment and advancement. People support one another through friendship and fellowship to make life better for our whole community. Circles groups exist all over the country, including right here in Washtenaw County!
Circles is an INITIATIVE
Circles is a community movement or method to resolve poverty.
Circles is A HANDS-UP APPROACH
Circles does not provide financial assistance. We seek to resolve the roots of poverty rather than manage the symptoms of poverty.
Circles is COLLABORATIVE
Circles adds value by working with organizations, agencies, employers, and others in the community who are already providing quality programming and services to effect change in the lives of low-income residents.
Circles FOSTERS COMMUNITY-LEVEL CHANGE
Circles raises the community’s Poverty IQ, and engages in community advocacy to address systemic and community level barriers to prosperity for all.
To learn more visit http://www.circlesusa.org