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 ...

Class Participation

Class Participation
This couple has gone on to present their experiences of the program at the Annual Conference of the Western PA Conference Poverty Workshop and the United Methodist Poverty Summit in Harrisburg, PA. (view small | med | large | orig)

Her Card Says It All

Her Card Says It All
During class, sharing what the Getting Ahead class has meant to her. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mom, Daughter, and Daughter's Friend

Mom, Daughter, and Daughter's Friend
Laughter while participating in team-building activities (view small | med | large | orig)

Getting Ahead Participants

Getting Ahead Participants
A family has fun together on a special retreat including team-building activities. (view small | med | large | orig)

Getting Ahead Group - presentation on program

Getting Ahead Group - presentation on program
During our introduction meeting with community, the participants of our Getting Ahead program shared their experiences. (view small | med | large | orig)
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