Goals & Future Plans – Circle Leaders go through a 12-week class to prepare an individualized economic stability plan. People begin by reconnecting to their dreams for their family’s future. Through SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goal setting and budgeting work, they begin to outline their plans to bring these dreams into reality.
Allies & Weekly Meetings – Community volunteers are trained as Allies to support Circle Leaders to achieve their goals. Circle Leaders lead their Circle by convening regular meetings and asking Allies for what they need to help them become economically stable.
Big View – Big View is a monthly meeting focused on educating the community about barriers such as the Cliff Effect that occur when people leave welfare and other subsidy programs. Policy makers are educated to the benefits of providing a pro-rated exit plan for all subsidy programs in order to allow people to afford paying for new health insurance, childcare, etc. with their new earned income.
Resource Teams – Circles is driven by volunteer Resource Teams that are supported by certified Circles staff. The Resource Teams ensure that all features of Circles are fully functioning to support families in achieving their economic stability goals. The teams also work to fully utilize volunteers without duplicating any existing services.