August 27, 2013
Circles of Troup County, an initiative that addresses the root causes of poverty, will host its second graduation Thursday evening.
The countywide initiative works to eradicate poverty by helping individual families reach their goals to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. The organization also addresses systemic barriers in the community that keep people in poverty.
Families that are chosen to participate attend a 12-week class that helps them develop practical skills including goal setting, budgeting and learning the “hidden rules” of economic class. The first class graduated in February. The second class graduates Thursday evening.
“This graduation marks the beginning of working on the goals the participants have set to move their families to self-sufficiency,” said Sherri Brown, director of Circles of Troup County. “Once they graduate, they continue attending weekly meetings and work with two to four volunteers from the community who commit to building an intentional friendship for 18 months. Volunteers offer encouragement and social capital to help them reach their goals.”
The graduation is open to the community. Each graduate will tell her story. A volunteer and participant from the first class will also speak about their experiences with Circles.
“Attending this graduation will give people a good overview of how Circles works,” Brown said. “We hope the community will join us to celebrate this milestone and learn a little about the strength and motivation our participants have to change their lives.”
Circles graduation will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Troup Baptist Association, the former Southwest LaGrange Baptist Church, 1301 Washington St. A reception will follow the graduation.