We seek to inspire and equip communities to reduce poverty and remove the barriers that stand in the way. We envision a critical mass of Circles locations across America that want to cut their communities’ poverty rate by 10%. Studies have proven that 10% is a tipping point, after which change spreads more readily and rapidly. A 10% reduction is an achievable and measurable goal — and it’s enough of a change in each community to tip the scale toward a prosperous and strong nation.
Poverty is more than a lack of material wealth. Relying on government assistance can be dehumanizing. Adults who cannot provide for themselves and their families report feelings of isolation, shame, and depression. But when people achieve financial security, they experience a surge of pride and confidence. Often, they say they have regained their dignity, their value, and their humanity.