Jan 18, 2022 7:00 AM
Liz Angell, YWCA Coordinator
Circles Muskoka

Circles® Muskoka is a community-based initiative that creates relationships across economic boundaries. It matches people who self-identify as experiencing poverty and have attended the Getting Ahead program with community volunteers who have attended Bridges out of Poverty training. Circles stems from an innovative model based on a body of research that suggests in order to help people out of poverty relationships need to exist within the wider community giving lower-income families social networks to support and thrive.

Circles - is a supportive, intentional, reciprocal friendship comprised of a circle leader and allies.

Circles Leader - is a family or individual working to get out of poverty and 2 - 4 community volunteers called allies.

Allies - are willing to befriend the individual or family and support them on their unique path to self-sufficiency.