What We Do
In the Beginning...
Our low income families start by attending the “Getting Ahead” workgroup that meets once a week. Here, as part of a highly participatory curriculum, participants investigate behaviors preventing them from leading a financially secure life.
During the 14 plus workgroup sessions, our low income participants learn about personal leadership, relationship building, communication and goal setting. They also explore their relationship with money, develop their personal spending plan and the self-discipline to make it work.
The work of CCCI transforms lives, builds a stronger and healthier economy and cultivates a sense of pride and independence among those in need.
It is important to note that C.I.R.C.L.E.S. is not a typical social service program. Participants (also known as Champions for Change) are prepared to assume leadership and decision making roles.
Weekly meetings are designed to foster a sense of community among the Champions for Change and their community volunteers (also known as Community Allies).
Dinner, childcare and homework assistance are provided at no cost by members of the community.
Who We Work With
We work with motivated families and individuals who come from generational and situational poverty who are willing to work hard to achieve self-sufficiency.
Participants, who have overcome drug addiction and broken away from domestic violence, find in CCCI, the support they need to improve their lives. A minimum wage worker working 40 hours per week earns a gross income of $984 per month, yet the fair market rent in Carson City for a two bedroom residence is $742 per month, leaving very little for other basic needs. Through self-directed learning, participants discover how to increase their social, emotional, educational and financial capital and to develop a mental model for family prosperity.