…brings people of diverse incomes together to help low-income individuals and families achieve their financial goals.
Success in reaching our goals is heavily influenced by the network of support that surrounds us, so building this network is vital for anyone working to become financially stable. Circles® is a national program that brings together people of diverse incomes in an effort to help low-income individuals and families achieve their financial goals. In Circles, volunteers, organizations, and businesses come together to create an environment that educates, empowers, and equips families to work their way out of poverty.
Each week, low-income individuals, known as Circle Leaders, meet with volunteer mentors, Circle Allies, to connect with resources, and learn skills that will help them achieve their goals. The weekly meeting begins with a meal followed by a focused session around the theme for that particular month. Themes include Financial Literacy, Professional Development, Healthy Relationships, and Transportation.
Circles uses a two generational approach to ending poverty by offering a corresponding program for the children of Circle Leaders. In Circles Youth, children work through age appropriate curriculum that includes themes such as Learning Habits, Integrity, Literacy, and Goal Setting.
Circles Leaders that complete the program have seen an increase in income, a reduction of public assistance, an increase in household assets, and a reduction of household debt.
You are welcome to visit a Circles meeting! We welcome guests on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 6:00-8:00pm. Contact Lotefa Bartlett de Villarreal to schedule your visit!