Annual results show positive impact for local communities.

Results are reported on the individual and community levels. Participants experience increased skills and income, decreased dependence on public assistance, and expanded resources and support networks. At the community level, Circles USA connects diverse people across class lines, changes attitudes about poverty, and contributes to policy change.

Circles USA collects survey data prior to the start of the initiative, after training, and then every six months during the initiative. Longitudinal data is collected at 24, 36, and 48 months.

“I was broke, broken, and homeless with three kids. Now, I have a home, money in the bank, attend school, and most of all I have purpose. Circles was like a rescue team that came into my life while I was dying. They revived me, and I’m grateful.”
— LeAundrea Robinson (Greenville, SC)

This report features the impact achieved by families and communities in our network. In their own words, our participants share about their journeys to achieving financial stability. Our volunteers reflect on what they are learning as well. To demonstrate the efficacy of the Circles model, we provide a sample of results.

The report also highlights how Circles USA responded to the unique challenges of 2020. While maintaining social distance, our chapters discovered creative ways to build community and foster resilience. In consultation with a mental health expert, we developed best practices for creating safe spaces online through skilled facilitation.”

— Jamie Haft (Circles USA Executive Director)