Become a Circles Leader

Are you ready to achieve your dreams for a better life?

Have you lived in poverty long enough?

Will you commit to work on your goals?

If so, Circles Ashland can help with:

  • Time and money management
  • Job opportunities
  • Improving communication skills
  • Two caring Allies to guide you on your journey out of poverty
  • Staff that are devoted to your well-being
  • Weekly gatherings at which a meal and childcare are provided

Circles offers a unique partnership of Circle Leaders, each matched with 2-3 Circle Allies (coaches). A Circle Leader is a person and family members, currently earning below 200% of the federal poverty level (see table on page 2), and committed to improving their quality of life through livable wage employment and self-sufficiency. Circle Allies are life coaches that serve Circle Leaders as encouragers and bridges to social and economic wellbeing.

Click here for 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Applications can be filled in online or turned in “in person” at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church office, 201 Henry Street, Ashland VA or mailed in to Circles Ashland, PO Box 247, Ashland, VA 23005.

Mail-In/Drop-Off Application
Online Application

Who can apply to join Circles Ashland?

Those who would like to move out of poverty through a two-year program that assists you in setting and reaching your goals.  Applicants should be clean/sober for at least six months, not currently experiencing domestic violence, have stable housing and employment, and any mental health issues should be currently being supported/treated.  Also, applicants should have a desire not only to make change in their own lives, but to be a leader within our community.  Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Questions about joining?  Know someone you’d like to refer to participate in Circles Ashland?  Want to volunteer?  For more information contact 804-496-1212.