Could You Be A Circles Ally?

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Are you positive, patient and a good listener? Are you willing to learn about the struggles facing low-income families? If so, we invite you to become a Circles Ally.

Circle Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty. Circle Allies work with Circle Leaders to figure out how to accomplish their plan. You’ll walk side-by-side with the Circle Leaders, challenging poverty, barriers, race, injustice and hope, and build new friendships along the way.

Circle Allies commit 4-10 hours each month to be in relationship with their Circle Leader and the larger Circles Group community. The first meeting of each month is the “matched Circle.” On this night the Circle Leader and Circle Allies work specifically on the goals of the Circle Leader – these goals range from getting a bank account, to filling out a FAFSA form, to moving towards home ownership. Circle Allies are also encouraged to attend the third meeting of each month which is called “Big View.” On Big View night, the collective Circles Group of Leaders and Allies work together to address poverty issues and barriers that affect the group as well as the larger community. You also meet once a month outside of the formal Circles group at a coffee shop or other casual place to work with your matched Circle.

Circles Ministry meets at Lighthouse on Monday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. To get involved as a Circles Ally, complete the application and email it to Programs Director Mary Neff at maryn@mtviewcc.org.

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