What is Circles?

“Our mission is to inspire and equip families and communities to thrive and end poverty. Circles is a community driven solution to addressing the underlying causes of poverty and supporting families in a holistic, long term pathway to economic stability.” 

People in poverty need to be in charge of their own lives. In our model they are known as Circle Leaders and over the course of their involvement in Circles, each Leader takes an increasingly active role in leading their Circle and giving back to the community. A Circle is a supportive, intentional, reciprocal, befriending relationship made up of one Circle Leader who is a person living in poverty and two to three Circle Allies who are volunteers willing to build supportive relationships that help people achieve their goals. Allies join Circle Leaders in advocating for removing community barriers for people who are working to move out of poverty.

When: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Children’s Museum, 86 S. Main (On the third floor)

Become An Ally

Allies are trained volunteers from our community engaging in an intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to become self-sufficient. A Circle Ally looks just like YOU! Someone who genuinely wants to share their gifts, talents, and most importantly their friendship, with a Circle Leader who is struggling to become self-sufficient and working on creating a better life for their family! For more information on the program, email karen.todd@switchpointcrc.org

Guiding Coalition

Citywide Guiding Coalition: is the primary organizing body for the St. George Circles by providing leadership, guidance and oversight. It gives input and direction for future programming including the sustainability and expansion of the existing Circles Initiative.

The Circles St. George is comprised of the following teams:

Advocacy:

Has representatives from each of the local site’s Big View Team. Gathers community leaders and Circles members to identify, discuss and problem solve citywide barriers to getting out of poverty. Works closely with the Public Relations – Marketing Team to communicate progress and results.

Prepare a Meal

Become involved in an innovative way by providing a meal for one of our meetings. You will prepare an entree, side and dessert for 50 people on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday and deliver it to the Children’s Museum at 5:30 p.m.

Community Champion:

Recruit others to become involved in the campaign. If you know a family that would benefit, get them involved or recruit individuals from your social network to volunteer.

For more information and to get involved email: Mary Brodie