Program to help families in poverty set for Tuesday
October 20, 2013
A national workshop that trains people to assist families living in poverty in becoming self-supporting will be hosted by Capital City Circles Tuesday through Friday at Western Nevada College.
The National Circles Campaign Hands-On Training workshop will include education for coordinators and coaches from around the country. They will meet in small training groups, and there will be a poverty-simulation workshop Wednesday.
The initiative is aimed at helping families living in poverty reach the goal of financial independence through education and supportive friendships with middle-class residents. This is achieved through a 20-week getting-ahead workshop and an alignment with three to five allies (or volunteers). The group meets once or twice a month to help develop the dreams, plans and goals for achieving economic self-sufficiency.
"The program has been a great resource for many Carson families and really has been the springboard to help families to self-sufficiency," said WNC counselor J.W. Lazzari, who has been on the Capital City Circles board of directors since 2009.
He pointed to success stories of a nearly homeless mother of seven children who became a certified nurse assistant, and a single mother of two who has improved her budgeting and money-management skills to better care for her family.
Some of the circle leaders have become students at WNC, Lazzari said.
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"The Circles program has helped give some of these individuals the courage to go to college and the support to become successful," he said.