The Solution
  • Circles recognizes there are systemic barriers to escaping poverty, which is why we partner with and educate local and national policy makers. 
  • We help them understand the issues faced by families striving to move out of poverty.
  • Circles views assistance programs as just that—assistance programs, not permanent, long-term support
  • Assistance programs should be there in the time of need.
  • Are most effective if they are phased out as people earn enough income to cover these needs on their own. 
  • Circles advocates for changes in policy that eliminate the negative “cliff effects” in favor of the gradual reduction of supports throughout
    the entire journey out of poverty
    to an economically sustainable future.
  • Circles uses a two generational approach by including the family's children in educational programs mirroring the adult model.
  • Local chapters sponsor groups of up to 25 participants who are known as Circle Leaders.

Circle Leaders:

~ 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 voluteers, 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. 

~ Attend monthly Big View meetings, which include community discussions around systemic barriers to escaping poverty and the strategies needed to remove them.