Circles of Support
Circles of Support

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. (TCC) received temporary Community Services Block Grant ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funding to provide economic stimulus to the local area.  TCC used this opportunity to, on a pilot basis; begin a Circles of Support program, adapted from other successful mentoring programs.  A Circles of Support Facilitator matches a low-income participant or couple with an ally (mentor) or allies from the community. Circles of Support is unique in that helps people move towards self-sufficiency by building relationships with others, so that as there skills grow, so does their self-confidence. The allies assist the participants in setting goals in the areas of education, employment and general life skills. Matches between participants and allies are made based on common goals, interests and experiences.

 

In its first several months of operation, TCC has established ten functioning circles (teams). As a result, TCC has increased its ongoing utilization of community volunteers and has seen clients develop goals and, in some cases, already achieve those goals. For example, one client set a goal of getting a GED. The client was paired with an ally who also achieved their GED later in life. Together, they worked so the client could achieve their goal much earlier than anticipated. This initial success has prompted the client to continue their education and has enrolled in community college. Other clients are working on reaching their personal goals as well.

 

In addition to helping program participants achieve increased self-sufficiency, TCC’s secondary goal has been to increase its involvement of community volunteers through recruiting allies.  We encourage anyone who has a desire to share his or her life's experience to become an ally. We believe that Circles of Support is a wonderful opportunity for all people in our communities to learn from each other.

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