Our Determined Families
Nearly 40% of families with children in Adams and Franklin Counties are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, it takes nearly $49,000 for a family of three to be self-sufficient. The barriers that families encounter as they try to work their way out of poverty seem insurmountable. Having support from the Support Circles Community helps individuals and families to press on, working to build a better future for their children and loved ones.
Support Circles Leaders are people who are working hard and playing by the rules, but are stuck. We call them Support Circle Leaders so everyone in the Support Circles Community is reminded that they are in charge of their own lives. Allies, our community volunteers, offer support, brainstorming and different perspectives, but Support Circles Leaders are the ones who do the hard work to build a brighter future.
Initially, families spend about 26 weeks investigating poverty on a personal and systematic level. They perform a personal assessment and create their own plan on how to get out of poverty. Then they are matched with 2 - 4 volunteers. The Support Circle Leaders then work their plan, and together, we all work on finding community solutions to overcome the systematic issues that keep families stuck in poverty.
The Wage Gap illustrates the lack of a pathway out of poverty and shows some of the systematic issues that keep families stuck. We must better understand the realities of poverty so we can implement realistic solutions. Families work with us - they want to be part of the solution. We believe that everyone has gifts to give and communities are enriched when we all bring our gifts to the table!
Please seeOur Results page to read the stories of Support Circles families.