Circles of Troup County accepting applications for next class

Staff report

October 5, 2013

Applications are available for the next class of Circles of Troup County beginning Oct. 12. The program is for families living in poverty who want to become self-sufficient.

Since beginning the first Circles class in November, Inetha Hatten has already seen changes in her life – she is employed and is working on goals to return to school.

“Circles has given me a new lease on life,” Hatten said. “I have a new perspective, a new way to think and live. It’s changed my direction – I was walking backwards and now I’m walking forward.”

The new class will be the third for the countywide poverty initiative that serves residents in LaGrange, West Point and Hogansville.

“Circles is designed to help families create their own paths out of poverty. We offer support, knowledge and encouragement,” said Sherri Brown, director of Circles of Troup County.

Participants in the program attend a weekly class for 12 weeks, learning skills such as goal-setting and financial management. Once they graduate from the class they are matched with middle class volunteer “allies” who befriend them and lend them support to reach the goals they have set. That support is critical to moving forward.

Participants are expected to attend weekly meetings for two years. Volunteers provide a free meal and free childcare at each meeting. Meetings are every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Troup Baptist Association (formerly Southwest LaGrange Baptist Church), 1301 Washington St.

To be accepted into the Circles program, applicants must fill out an application and have an interview. Applications are available online at or at the Circles office at Mike Daniel Recreation Center, 1220 Lafayette Parkway.

Applications are due Monday.

For information, contact Sherri Brown at or at (706) 883-1687.