Circles of Support

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One year of support. A lifetime of possibility.
Help formerly homeless families and individuals sustain housing
and improve their quality of life.


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The Goal

Support Circles are groups of 4 to 10 people who are matched with a formerly homeless family or individual for a year. The Support Circle provides assistance, guidance, support and mentoring with the ultimate goal of helping the family or individual sustain housing and improve their quality of life. As part of a team you will spend on average, about one hour a month with your matched family or individual.

We provide a pre-match training and quarterly in-service trainings so you are well prepared to support your matched family or individual. We also are available to answer any questions you have along the way.

The participating families and individuals have the following roles:

  • In consultation with their agency representative, identify specific needs and goals that the Support Circle could help them achieve.
  • Clarify realistic short- and long-term goals they are seeking to accomplish with the guidance of the Support Circle. These goals are referred to as the “Match Covenant.”
  • Willingly attend scheduled meetings with Support Circle members for mentoring, encouragement and on-going support.
  • Direct any requests for financial assistance to their agency representative ASAP.
  • Not be actively abusing controlled substances.

How You Can Form a Support Circle!

Recruit a team with a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 people. Your team will be matched with either a homeless family or individual, and you will provide assistance, guidance, support and mentoring for a period of 12 months. The more people you have on your team, the more you can share the time commitment each month.

Are there other ways I can support the program?
Yes! Financial and certain in-kind donations are welcome and will go toward supporting the families and individuals participating in Circles of Support. Visit the Support the Program page to learn more.

Want to learn more? Click on the circles below to find details on the program, how you can form a Support Circle and other ways to support the program. You can also download the Circles of Support brochure and flier.