The Bond County Ministerial Alliance is looking to bring an anti-poverty campaign called Core Circles to the area.
Carl Brannon, Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Outreach at the Greenville Free Methodist Church, told us one of the challenges many churches and social service groups face is that it often feels like putting Band-Aids on people’s struggles.
Brannon became aware of a program in Kansas called Core Circles that was successful in building relationships in the community between people of different backgrounds and providing resources and support to better understand the issues associated with poverty and empower people to rise up out of a perpetual cycle of struggle.
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Brannon explained the program raises awareness of the many issues associated with poverty. He said it goes beyond that and connects people from different backgrounds so they can work together to see goals fulfilled and lives changed.
The program begins with a 20-week course and moves to an opportunity for allies to come alongside participants and help them realize goals and improve their family’s situation.
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In a follow-up story, we’ll share details on an informational weekend the Ministerial Alliance will host for the community next weekend, September 6-8, where more information will be shared on the issue of poverty and on Core Circles in Bond County.
Brannon will also be our guest this Sunday on WGEL’s Public Affairs program where we’ll dive deeper into the topic.