I met a man who changed my life, director of Circles Davis County Lamont Hampton.
He came to a networking group consistently talking about a program that helped people in our local community. I could tell he had a huge heart, and I wanted to know more. I attended a meeting and by the end of it signed papers and became an Ally (not knowing what that meant at the time). This was over 3 years ago. What an Ally means to me now is being a friend: sharing my time, resources, and knowledge with anyone who asks in the program. Not just the families I’m assigned to.
Lamont and I are often seen together working in the community. He calls me his mentor but truly he is mine. This program has kept me grounded. I’ve had the opportunity to share in many of these families lives on very a personal level. One of my most memorable moments was doing a fundraiser for a family after they tragically lost their dad. I didn’t know the mother personally, but I knew I had to do something for her and her two little girls. We are now great friends and she is doing well. Circles is truly about extending our attendees connections.
Expanding someone’s circle of friends and connections gives them an opportunity to learn vicariously from another. When you are born into generational poverty you are only surrounded by people of the same mindset. I speak from personal experience. As humans we naturally emulate who we are surrounded by.
If we change someone’s social circle of influence, it literally changes their lives.
We are always looking for people to join us. This is a movement to end poverty one family at a time. I’ve won many awards for being a member of this program, but none are as sweet as a family rising like a phoenix out of the flames of poverty.