Community matters. The context for real life change is often a result of strong community support. We truly are better together.
Because of these strongly held beliefs, Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church has recently partnered with Circles® USA, a national non-profit organization, whose mission is ˇČto inspire and equip families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive.ˇÉ
Circles® USA offers a unique relationship-focused strategy based on over twenty years of research that engages the entire community to move from a focus on the management of poverty to a collaborative ownership of the solution.
Volunteers, called Circles Allies, are trained to develop intentional relationships to empower motivated, low-income participants, known as Circle Leaders, to permanently move out of poverty.
Additionally, local chapters work to increase the poverty IQ of community leaders in business, education, health, philanthropy, public service, faith, and other major sectors of the community to develop and implement specific strategies to resolve systemic barriers to economic stability within our county.
The Circles® approach combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, case management, grassroots leadership, S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child/youth development. To-date, 70-plus communities in 19 states and parts of Canada have joined the Circles® network.