For one intensely compressed month, Christine Smith tried to live as “Robert Rogers” on $1,517 in the frenetic world of [...]
Circles® is a nationally-known, proven, and innovative way of connecting people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people & families out of poverty. Yes, out of poverty! Our society has been successful at creating programs that only manage poverty, but this program is about the longer term, harder work of moving people out of poverty. Good jobs, saving, investing and changing lives and families for good.
The Circles program is not a 4-week class, and it’s not a handout…it’s a lot of work for everyone involved. But we know it works. A 2014 National Survey of Circle Leaders who stayed in the program for at least 18 months showed that earned income increased by an average of 181%, and cash assets increased by 206%. We’d like to see a lot of those kinds of numbers in Pittsburgh.
A Circle is a match of a Circle Leader (a low-income person or couple) with 2 or 3 Circle Allies (middle or upper income volunteers) who work together to help the Leader achieve their goals.