Circle Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional befriending relationship with an individual or family enrolled in the Circles USA program. Allies are volunteers working to move communities into economic stability, through: support, collaboration, and advocacy. They also provide support for the Circle Leader in achieving his or her goals, while taking into account that individual’s personal needs. An Allies main commitment is to meet at least once a month for 18 months with their Circle Leader. Allies and Circle Leaders can continue their relationship for as long as they like, even after their leader has achieved economic stability.
It is difficult for agencies to shift their mind frames. They tend to work in ‘silos’ doing program work, and it is difficult to understand poverty in a comprehensive light. Once they do, they all want to get involved.
When you join a Circle, you are embarking on a miraculous journey. Give of yourself and you will be amazed at the outcome.
I am grateful for Circles and its lessons for life. For me, Circles is about celebrating the greatness of the individual and one’s purpose of putting back into life more than is taken out. It is coming to understanding the magnificences of passed hardships, the nobility of meaningful work and developing courage to embrace the future. Having the opportunity to make wholesome friendships and access years of friendly wisdom gives hope.