Circles Orientation and Training

October 29, 2014

A Circles Orientation and Training was recently held at First UMC in Carson City, Nevada. Circles is a program designed to befriend and walk with poor families in their struggle to break the cycle of poverty. The Circles model is designed for the working poor, many from generational poverty.  Much of the theoretical base comes from Dr. Ruby Payne’s seminal work Framework for Understanding Poverty.   Four years ago there were twenty Circles programs in the country.  Today there are eighty-eight in the United States and Canada. The California-Nevada Conference Committee on Children and Poverty has worked diligently to introduce the Circles model to churches in the conference. Two years ago the Carson City First UMC, in cooperation with Capital City Circles Initiative (CCCI), began to offer Circles orientations to churches and community organizations in the conference.  CCCI located in Carson City is one of the more mature Circles Programs in the country. For more information, click here.