Circles of Troup County empowers people to make their own plans and reach their goals to move out of poverty with the encouragement of others. The Circles community supports you in building adequate relationships, resources and reasons for hope and a future. Participants attend a 12-week class and then graduate to become “Circle Leaders.” They are then matched with two to four volunteers, called Allies, who commit to encouraging the Circle Leader for 18 months.

Who can be a Circle Leader (participant)? Troup County residents who:

  • are frustrated about just “getting by” and want to learn about ways to get ahead.
  • are ready, willing and able to make changes to move out of poverty.
  • have low resources, including financial resources.
  • are able and willing to work and/or might benefit from job training.
  • are willing to build new relationships that will provide support and connections.
  • can commit to attend Thursday evening weekly meetings for two years.

The process includes 3 steps:

  1. Turn in the application. (Click here.) You may drop it off or mail it to  Circles of Troup County, 1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, GA 30241 or fax it to 706.883.1643.
  2. Meet for an interview with Circles of Troup County team to see if Circles is a good fit for you.
  3. You will be contacted by Circles staff to let you know the outcome of the interview.

Steps to Becoming a Circle Leader:

  1. Attend, participate and graduate from the 12-week Circle Leader Training classes that meet every Thursday night for two hours, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. and include a free meal, free childcare and sharing your knowledge. You will learn the “hidden rules” of class, assess your own resources (not just money), and develop your plan to change your future.
  2. Circle Leader Training graduates become a Circle Leader and make an 18-month commitment to weekly meetings.
  3. Circle Leaders are matched with 2-4 Allies from the community. Allies are middle class volunteers who commit to being your friend and providing encouragement for 18 months.
  4. Share your strengths, help address barriers to poverty in our community and give back to the community.

Circles of Troup County is NOT for you if any of these describe your current situation:

  • Being in crisis (for example, currently homeless, being evicted or living in a domestic violence situation). Circles is not a crisis program and does not help with immediate emergency needs.
  • Being on disability without any prospect of getting off disability or any capacity to earn extra money in addition to disability income.
  • Addictions. Circles participants must have at least one year of being clean/sober and strong goals for staying that way.
  • Mental health issues that are untreated – you are struggling to function on a day-to-day basis.
  • One partner wants to join Circles but the other doesn’t. Circles does not work well when one spouse or significant other is not involved. Allies work with the whole family.