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Monroe County Circles Initiative

Circles™ is an intentional way for people to build relationships across class and race lines to end poverty in their communities.

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Photo: Circles

Circles™ kids limbo at the 2009 Bowl for Kids' Sake event.

“I have one 11-year-old son, who has some special needs, and that is actually why we live below the poverty level right now.”

Bonnie Vesely, Circles Coordinator
(812) 339-3447, extension 218
South Central Community Action Program
1500 W. 15th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404

Circles™ is an intentional way for people to build relationships across class and race lines to end poverty in their communities. A Circle is a supportive, intentional, reciprocal, befriending relationship made up of one Circle Leader who is living in poverty and two to five Circles Allies who usually are from middle class. A Circle typically meets once or twice a month to build friendships and to work on the Circle Leader’s dreams, plans, and goals.

  • Bonnie Vesely

    Hi Josephine,

    I just want to tell you that, all these months after you started airing our Community Minute, I STILL have people telling me all the time that they heard about Circles through your frequent repeats of this piece on WFIU. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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