Jan 05 2011

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Circles of East Texas show progress, needs you

Since the program began, the Circles of East Texas initiative has been helping low-income individuals achieve self-sufficiency. During that time, the program has created a track record of success, as evidenced by the individuals that have made personal progress.
Community volunteers are needed to help continue that success.
Since May 2008, Circles of East Texas has graduated 21 low-income individuals from the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World” 15-week class. On average, 85% of the total participants that started the program successfully graduated from the class. Of those graduates, 13 completed the Circles program ahead of schedule as a result of meeting their personally set goals. Sixty-four percent of current participants are working at least one job.
In February 2011, eight more individuals will graduate from the Getting Ahead class. Following the graduation ceremony, the new graduates will then be matched with community volunteers called “allies.” Allies are individuals willing to provide encouragement, to share life experiences, and to meet weekly on Tuesday evenings. In conjunction with Poverty Awareness Month in January, Partners in Prevention will host a two-part Ally Training on January 14th and 21st from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Call 903-237-1019 to register for the training.
Lyndell McAllister, Director of Circles of East Texas, states, “Many of the individuals in Getting Ahead and Circles are hard-working people, but still have daily struggles. Allies play an important role as a friend and offering encouragement. Circles simply couldn’t happen without volunteers serving as allies.”
Circles of East Texas meets every Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a meal ing online without and child care provided. If you would like to volunteer as an ally, or support Circles in another way, please contact Partners in Prevention at 903-237-1019.

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