We are interested in so much more than a hand out. Although food pantries have a place for emergency needs, we are interested in moving people OUT of poverty so they will no longer need the food pantry. Through relationships, education, networking, and sharing know-how, at least 10 families will move out of poverty this year. We use the national Circles (TM) model which has proven effective. Data shows every $1 spent on the program, $2 is returned in the form of unused govt. subsidies.
This is a distressed community in the Turtle Creek Valley. The communities in this valley were deeply impacted by the closing of the steel mills in the 1980s and they have not recovered. In particular, Pitcairn has experienced even greater hardship as the years have progressed. In the immediate area surrounding the Circles site, most residents are unemployed, undereducated, and do not have cars. There is a subset of residents who are motivated to get ahead, but need help - our target population.
Our project is a self-sufficiency program that helps to increase education, increase employment opportunities, and provide appropriate linkages for services that will help remove barriers to economic advancement. As motivated residents move out of poverty, their income helps to increase the knowledge base and the tax base in the community, which benefits the entire community as well.
Long-term, the project will help those who are motivated to move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. We anticipate helping at least 10 families within a year to make such moves, although the process of self-sufficiency may take longer than one year. As poverty decreases and community involvement increases, the Pitcairn community will improve and see a similar decrease in crime and violence.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
Circles parent organization site