Circles Monroe County Indiana
1500 W 15th St
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
812-339-3447 ext 218
CirclesË†â„¢ is an intentional way for people to build relationships across class and race lines to end poverty
in their communities. CirclesË†â„¢ is a high impact strategy that will:
- Change the mind-set of the community so it wants to end poverty
- Change goals, policies, and approaches to end poverty and,
- Empower people in poverty to help solve community problems while transitioning out of poverty themselves.
A Circle is a supportive, intentional, reciprocal, befriending relationship made up of one Circle Leader who is living
in poverty and two to five Circles Allies who usually are from middle class. A Circle typically meets once or twice a
month to build friendships and to work on the Circle Leader's dreams, plans, and goals.
A Circle Leader is an individual or family with a low-income who is interested in meeting her/his household needs on a
consistent basis and becoming self-sufficient-. The Circle Leader is responsible for her or his Circle; convening,
leading, and giving and receiving support. She or he will work with the Allies to complete her/his plan that was developed in
the Getting Ahead group and with the Circles Coach. Getting Ahead prepares Circle Leaders to take a leadership role in the
Circle and to use their knowledge and skills as problem solvers to work on poverty issues in the community as well.
Circle Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an
individual or family working to get out of poverty. Circle Allies work with the Circle Leader to figure out how to accomplish
her or his plan. Within the guidelines set by the Community Guiding Coalition, Circle Allies do what makes sense and what
brings joy to the relationship. Circle Allies are trained in Bridges out of Poverty as a way to work with Circle Leaders
in supporting their plans to get out of poverty.