The Adams County Circles Initiative (Circles) helps stabilize a family’s situation so that family members can focus on building resources and obtaining relationships and resources needed to thrive. Circles does this by building reciprocal friendships across socio-economic lines to inspire and equip our community to end poverty.
Developed by Move the Mountain Leadership Center, Circles links community members with families who are experiencing poverty. The reciprocal relationships built in these groups help break down the isolation many low-income families experience and add meaning to the lives of middle-income individuals and participating families alike. Circles began in Gettysburg in April 2007.
The Circles Model:
Each Circle consists of a family working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support.
The family is the Circle Leader, setting goals unique to their own needs.
Weekly Meetings gather Leaders and Allies to provide support and networking opportunities.
At Big View Meetings, held monthly, systemic and community causes of poverty are addressed.
THE CIRCLES EXPERIENCE
Circles of Support
Adams County, Pennsylvania
153 N. Stratton Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325