Circles WS has utilized a proven national model which equips and empowers low-income families to permanently move out of poverty. Of equal importance, the Circles WS community advocates for resolution of systemic barriers to escaping poverty in Winston-Salem.


Circles WS creates intentional relationships across race, class and culture to build pathways to self-sufficiency at the individual and community level. We believe that resolution of poverty requires:

  • compassionate emotional support
  • positive role models and mentoring
  • creative problem solving
  • effective decision-making strategies
  • committed institutional support

Circles WS is not an isolated program. We actively collaborate with community partners to develop comprehensive support and social capital in pursuit of poverty resolution.