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Mission Statement

To inspire and equip families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive.


Launched in 2016, Circles GR is a chapter of Circles USA.

Circles engages the entire community to own the solution to poverty by (1) empowering low-income participants to permanently move out of poverty and (2) increasing the poverty IQ of leaders in business, education, the faith community, and other sectors of the larger community to motivate strategic action to resolve systemic barriers to self-sufficiency.

Motivated low-income participants attend 12 weeks of Circles Leadership Training to begin building financial, emotional, and social resources, and to create a personal Economic Stability Plan that sets goals uique to their own needs and dreams. Graduates are called Circle Leaders - persons who proactively lead their own lives out of poverty.

Circle Leaders are then matched with two Allies, community volunteers typically from middle class. Allies are trained and supported by Circles to provide weekly long-term support for 18 months as the Circle Leader works to achieve stability goals.

The Circles initiative flourishes via weekly meetings, - which includes a free meal and free child care - to provide peer support and accountability, discuss strategies for attaining self-sufficiency, and build healthy relationships.

Specific community leaders and decision makers are invited to Big View meetings to collaborate in developing strategies together to relieve and remove specific systemic barriers so that both families and community thrive.


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