Center Avenue United Methodist Circles (TM) Initiative

The Circles Initiative is designed to help low-income people in the Pittsburgh, PA area to learn skills and form empowering relationships to increase their economic stability and ability for future achievement. The primary target area is the "steel valley" where the collapse of the steel and railroad industries bottomed out the economy. The primary tool used will be the national Circles Campaign which has a proven track record for helping people move out of poverty (CirclesCampaign.org). Results to date have shown that for every dollar invested in this program, $2 is returned in the form of unused entitlement payments. In addition, there is an increase in community assets as these ...

Center Avenue United Methodist Circles (TM) Initiative
450 Eleanor St.
Pitcairn, PA 15140
United States
412-372-8680
http://www.caumc.us

Pastor and Executive Director

Cynthia Bloise

Management Team

Erin Kane, Frank Bloise, Kristin Kramer, Julie Greenawalt, Rev. Cyndi Bloise, Frank Bloise, Julie Greenawalt, Kristin Kramer, Erin Kane

Board of Directors

Cynthia Bloise, Erin Kane, Frank Bloise, Eric Edwards, Kristin Kramer, Joan Connolly, Ray Connolly, Teresa Evans, Nancy Gormley, Debra Ohkawa, William Frase, David Morse, Jack Bova, Karen Bova, Kevin Dick, Dona Galia, Julie Greenawalt, Dawn Horst, Chelsea Marci, Diane Mignogna, Aaron Petrosky, Robert Wareham, Nicole Williams, Rev. Cyndi Bloise, Frank Bloise, Julie Greenawalt, Kristin Kramer, Erin Kane

Project Leaders

Cynthia Bloise

Mission

The Circles Initiative is designed to help low-income people in the Pittsburgh, PA area to learn skills and form empowering relationships to increase their economic stability and ability for future achievement. The primary target area is the "steel valley" where the collapse of the steel and railroad industries bottomed out the economy. The primary tool used will be the national Circles Campaign which has a proven track record for helping people move out of poverty (CirclesCampaign.org). Results to date have shown that for every dollar invested in this program, $2 is returned in the form of unused entitlement payments. In addition, there is an increase in community assets as these low-income individuals become tax-paying workers. These results are made possible through the encouragement and support of the Circles community.

Programs

Center Ave UMC works with people in poverty to move toward self-sufficiency. We do that through engaging all sectors of the community, using education, advocacy, linkages, mentoring, and fostering strong relationships between lower-income and upper-income individuals. Low income participants share their expertise with each other, use their problem-solving skills to work on specific goals they have chosen, and offer reciprocal service within the Circles network. They are paired with people from upper-income who help with things such as networking to find a job, learning to schedule so that required tasks are completed on time, working on a tight budget to meet bills and learn to save for other purchases, and identifying "next steps" toward a new and unfamiliar goal. One of the biggest assets of Circles is its ability to link people together in a way that brings new hope and a future story to those who formerly had no hope. Besides the Circles initiative, Center Ave UMC also coordinates and supports a food pantry in our community which helps to address emergency needs for all families and individuals in need.

Statistics on Center Avenue United Methodist Circles (TM) Initiative

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $88,600
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $88,600
  • Other funding sources: Individual Donors, United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network, United Methodist Mission Support, Allegheny County of Pennsylvania, Fund-raising, Private Foundations, United Methodist Foundation, Heinz Endowments, McCune Foundation, in-kind gifts
  • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist - non-religious program - no discrimination

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