Who We Are

The Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative (CCCI) is a cooperative community effort to elevate people out of poverty by intentionally creating relationships across class lines, and empowering people to become self-sufficient.

About Our Program

Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative provides a 14-week workgroup called "Getting Ahead." While attending these workgroup meetings, participants investigate the barriers that keep them in poverty. Given that every family has its own unique story, it is important for each person to create his/her own plan for self-improvement. We encourage individuals in productive ways to improve their own situations and, by extension, their communities, while inspiring and networkings with one another.

Each Circle consists of a family determined to get out of poverty and three to four Community Allies who befriend the family and support them on their journey toward self-sufficiency. With the help of their Community Allies, each family (Champion for Change) sets goals that are unique to their own needs and circumstances that will lead to developing the emotional, financial, intellectual and spiritual resources necessary for self-sufficiency and family stability. The average time it takes people to get out of poverty while working in a Circle is 18-24 months. It is expected that when a family becomes self-sufficient, they will, in turn practice reciprocity, by volunteering in the community or by supporting a new family on their journey out of poverty, thereby completing the circle.
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Mission & Vision

Mission
The Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative is a cooperative community effort to elevate people out of poverty by intentionally creating relationships across class lines, and empowering people in poverty to chart their own course toward self-sufficiency.

Vision
"Carson City, led by the Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative (CCCI), has no working families living in generational poverty. Any family that is willing to take responsibility for lifting themselves out of poverty has ready access to the resources and support they need to thrive and not just survive."

Board of Directors