The Circles Campaign is a national action plan that brings the best efforts and resources of individuals, organizations, communities and government in a program it says is proven to raise people out of poverty.
The Hope Center plans to use Circles as its third tier of helping, after getting people the immediate resources they need and connecting them to other agencies that can assist.
In the model, the family is the circle leader, working with allies (middle and upper income community volunteers) to build relationships, review goals, discuss and problem-solve barriers to getting out of poverty.
The national Circles Campaign office provides leadership, training and coaching. Local circles commit to building a volunteer team, educating community leadership and changing structures and policies to increase the capacity of the community to end poverty.