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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That You Will Actually Keep

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon be over, leaving us with considerably lighter bank accounts and slightly tighter waistbands. This is the time that we reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the months to come. Many of us set our New Year’s resolutions but, honestly, how many of us keep them? The problem is that we often set goals that are too lofty, too broad, and too hard to achieve in a short amount of time. If we truly want to grow and improve in the coming new year, we need...

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Change Your Mindset With Bridges Out of Poverty

Many of us view the world from a middle-class perspective. That’s how we live and work and raise our families but, when it comes time to help others, we may need to adopt a different kind of thinking. We may believe that we understand the struggles and lifestyles of those living in poverty but, in reality, we need to work together to increase awareness and inspire compassion. That’s where Bridges Out of Poverty comes in. Bring People Together Bridges Out of Poverty, a workshop presented by Simcoe County Circles, brings people together from all walks of life, regardless of economic...

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What an amazing year it has been!

November 2nd, 2017 at our first Circle night, we knew, within minutes, that lives were going to change. Yes we had a lot to learn and we happily dove in, knowing that every minute invested in this initiative was going to significantly impact the community. Throughout our months together, the Leaders and Allies built formidable relationships and have grown to care about each other like a family. In the first few meetings the group took the time to get comfortable with each other and by February we easily settled into our groove. We have each grown and been supported. Our very own Circles Coach, Michelle...

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You Can Now Attend Bridges Out Of Poverty In The Evening!

Now Available: Evening Sessions of Bridges Out of Poverty Through our many conversations with individuals throughout the County, across many sectors, we have come to understand that many of our community members, interested in Circles and Bridges Out of Poverty, are not able to get away for an entire day to attend the full-day Bridges Out of Poverty workshop. We're listening! And we want each and every individual, who is interested, to have the opportunity to increase their awareness of poverty in our community and be given the chance to shift their perspective and feel empowered to be part of...

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“At Circles I feel like I belong”

Many of us who have struggled to fit in, find our place in the world and who work to achieve a true sense of success know the power of truly feeling like we belong. In Dr. Brene Brown’s research on belonging she asked a large group of eighth graders to define belonging…here is what they said: Belonging is being somewhere where you want to be, and they want you. Fitting in is being somewhere where you want to be, but they don’t care one way or the other. Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for...

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Is the answer Social Capital?

We believe that an important tool in the toolbox necessary to get out and stay out of poverty is social capital! Have you ever found yourself in a new situation, good or bad that you had no idea how to manage? You knew that you had to make a change but you had no idea how to maneuver this new environment? No idea what to do, or how to respond… uncomfortable, like an outlier? How did you figure it out? Did you Google it, read up, find some info online, collect resources from an info center? What if this new...

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Can children end poverty?

Can Children End Poverty? Similar to and in conjunction with parents and educators in schools, we believe that a significant part of our job is to teach the next generation. When children are born, their parents are their primary source of knowledge.  Once a child enters school their teacher plays a significant role in their lives as well, teaching them the core of academia. And one of the most important things, we believe, is that we ALL need to teach kids the value of helping others.  We view ourselves as educators and part of our goal is to properly educate...

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Together we can overcome poverty

For many, living in financial hardship is a daily struggle. One in 7 Canadian adults and 1 in 5 Canadian children are currently living in poverty.  Globally, World Bank projections suggest that about 700 million people are affected by poverty with about 1.2 billion living on less than $1.25 USD per day. Thankfully, there are many organizations focused on improving the quality of life both within our country and across the world. The key to reducing poverty is to provide opportunities for advancement.  Economic growth goes hand in hand with human growth.  For this be established, people need to have...

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What’s Great about Getting Ahead?

The goal of Getting Ahead: To help individuals in poverty to build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. By creating an actionable plan for change graduates of the Getting Ahead program build the capacity to move towards being financially self-sufficient. The Getting Ahead curriculum: Involves work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator with lived experience of poverty. Enables you, the participant, (also known as “investigators”) to examine your own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty (banking, housing,...

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How to Become a Circles Ally

Are you looking for a great way to give back in your community? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will give you the chance to help change people's lives for the better? To help individuals and families reach their ultimate potential and as a result strengthen the community you care for? Do you see the effects of poverty and wish there was something you could do to help support the members of your community who are struggling? I know you recognize that poverty is a systemic issue and as you learned in your Bridges Out of Poverty training, blaming people for...

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