The Deep Well Project is launching an exciting new program called Circles. For the past 50 years residents of Hilton Head have trusted Deep Well to help with basic needs, and now the nonprofit is ready to take it one step further. The Circles initiative is a nationally recognized program equipped to help families increase their income. This opportunity will provide families with free weekly training plus access to educational and employment opportunities. Research shows that by intentionally bringing people together, across class lines, communities can move from merely managing poverty to actually reducing it. And what better way to do that than to help folks become more financially stable.
Circles is currently accepting applications for families to begin training in January of 2023. Weekly meetings will be held at the Children’s Center located near Jarvis Creek Park. Through the Circles initiative families can become the best possible versions of themselves. Each family will work to identify goals and reduce barriers. Each meeting will begin with a free meal where everyone eats together. This shared mealtime will ensure basic needs are met prior to the training session. Furthermore, sharing a meal also strengthens relationships. The dinner table can act as a unifier and that’s a primary goal of Circles. We want to foster stronger, healthier bonds within our community.
Much like the existing services already provided by Deep Well, Circles will be heavily powered by the work of volunteers. Families will have the support of the community on their side. Volunteers can choose from a variety of roles. Circles will rely on volunteers to make sure weekly meetings run smoothly. Volunteers can serve on a resource team defined by their area of expertise. For example, a volunteer with experience in the college sector may serve as an advisor on the Jobs & Education team. Or a retired school teacher could volunteer to provide care and instruction to children while their parents are engaged in the weekly meetings.
One of the more crucial and unique roles is that of a Circles Ally. Volunteers can register to work closely with a family in the position of an Ally. Their job would simply be to listen, ask questions, and make suggestions. Sometimes all a family needs are people who care. For more information, families who wish to participate in Circles are encouraged to contact The Deep Well Project at (843) 785-2849 or visit www.deepwellproject.org/circles-hhi
Together we can make our community stronger!