Circles

Circles Ends the Cycle of Generational Poverty

Circles is a national, transformational approach to reduce poverty that partners volunteers and community leaders with individuals and families wanting to make the journey out of poverty.

Circle Leaders, folks with ambition who face barriers that leave them with low incomes, set goals based on their unique needs and skills. Together with supportive volunteers called Circle Allies, they cultivate a friendship across social class and create a plan to achieve economic stability. The Circle Allies, in turn learn about the realities and barriers that exist for families in poverty.

As Circle Leaders make strides toward stability, they work together with the support of the whole Circles Community to raise awareness of their lived experiences as well as identify and eliminate obstacles that perpetuate poverty.

Become a Circles Ally

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Circles helps families eliminate the cycle of generational poverty

Building a friendship with someone in poverty will have a life-changing effect on all.

  • Meetings are held once a week on Mondays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Whole Life Church (2800 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804).

  • We are looking for Circles Allies to walk alongside the families. 

  • All participants and volunteers receive training.

  • Circle Leaders set goals and Allies support Leaders as they meet their goals.

  • Monthly sessions engage community leaders in the work of poverty reduction.

  • Most families achieve financial stability around the 18-month mark.  

  • Victories and milestones are celebrated together.

  • Friendships formed in the group last a lifetime.

Serve on the Community Team

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  • Be part of the Welcoming Committee each Monday evening.

  • Help secure, organize and coordinate the weekly meal.

  • Help organize or participate in the weekly childcare while the parents attend their meeting.

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Serve on the Resource Team

  • Participate in the Planning Team Meetings.

  • Plan for upcoming meetings

  • Meet & schedule community leaders to speak at the weekly meetings to participants.

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

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CONGREGATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART OF OUR WORK

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For a list of all of the host and support congregations, click here