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 ...

Learning and Application

Learning and Application
The hard work is done through learning the information in the curriculum, constructing a budget, and setting and working on personal goals. (view small | med | large | orig)

Weekly Meal

Weekly Meal
As part of the program, we have a meal together which helps build relationship between low-income and mid- to upper-income individuals. (view small | med | large | orig)

Team-building and Leadership Training

Team-building and Leadership Training
Low-income people benefit from leadership training too as they are beginning to take charge of their lives. (view small | med | large | orig)

Reciprocity

Reciprocity
Eric and Dawn cooking for the weekly meeting as a way of "giving back" to the program. (view small | med | large | orig)

Move 10 Families Out of Poverty in Pitcairn

Move 10 Families Out of Poverty in Pitcairn
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