How to Apply

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. (Free meal and free children’s program)

The process includes 2 steps:

  1. Turn in the application. You may apply online (click here) or call 706.883.1687.
  2. Meet for an interview with Circles of Troup County team to see if Circles is a good fit for you.

Steps to Becoming a Circle Leader:

  1. Attend, participate and graduate from the 12-week Circle Leader classes that meet every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. and include a free meal, free children’s program and sharing your knowledge.
  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, mental health crisis or living in an active domestic violence situation). Circles is not a crisis program and can not help with immediate emergency needs.
  • Being on disability without any capacity to earn extra money in addition to disability income.