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Equipping Families and Communities 

We believe no one should live in poverty. Families and communities can take charge of their destinies. And if given the right tools and support, economic stability can be achieved. We see it happen in our chapters every day. Through an approach that combines our techniques with the individualized support of our dedicated volunteers and the resources of organizations and communities, we create an environment that educates, empowers and equips our members to move up and out of poverty successfully. This happens through:

Our Mission: Inspire and equip families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive.

Our Method and Model: We discovered many years ago that in order to solve the issue of poverty, we had to approach things in a very different way. The solution doesn’t have to be complicated but it has to be personal. We know that in order to make a real change it has to be addressed using a multi-dimensional method. Our method has impacted thousands of individuals throughout North America. Here’s how it works:

  • Community leaders and/or organizations work with Circles to establish a local chapter.
  • This begins with localized trainings. We take a collaborative approach during implementation by building on the strengths of existing community-based organizations.
  • Our model focuses on three stages: Crisis management and stabilization, education and job placement and job retention, advancement and economic stability.

circles povertyLocal chapters sponsor groups of up to 25 participants who are known as Circle Leaders. They are asked to:

  • Enroll in the Circles Leadership Training Class to build financial, emotional and social resources as well as an Economic Stability Plan,
  • Partner with trained middle- to high-income community volunteers, called Allies, who support a Circle Leader’s efforts through networking, listening and guidance,
  • Attend weekly community meetings with peers, Allies and other interested community members for planning, support and networking opportunities, and
  • Attend monthly Big View meetings, which include community discussions around systemic barriers to escaping poverty and the strategies needed to remove them.

Information about Poverty

We have been conditioned to believe that poverty is an unavoidable problem of society. But what if that were not true? What if we have normalized an abusive condition that we could actually solve?” Scott C. Miller, Founder and CEO, Circles USA