One fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence with Cir­cles Utah Val­ley

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Jim and Kim Ol­droyd

are hard-work­ing - hard-work­ing but stuck in a frus­trat­ing rut due to a lack of hu­man Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est U.S. Cen­sus, and so­cial cap­i­tal. By a lack of “hu­man 12.5 per­cent of peo­ple liv­ing in Utah cap­i­tal” we mean they don’t have the County are liv­ing in poverty. To give you skills to upgrade em­ploy­ment. By a lack an idea of what that looks like, a fam­ily of “so­cial cap­i­tal” we mean they don’t of five makes less than $28,000 a year. As have the net­works to find a bet­ter job. a pro­fes­sor of strat­egy at Brigham Young Thus they are trapped with­out means to Univer­sity, my wife (who is a RN and im­prove their sit­u­a­tion. mother of seven) and I felt like we could As Cir­cle Al­lies, we have worked to be do­ing more to help those low-in­come im­prove the fa­ther’s re­sume. We have fam­i­lies in our county. We had a de­sire of­fered words of en­cour­age­ment and to con­nect with oth­ers and re­ally make a sup­port in times of frus­tra­tion. We have dif­fer­ence. of­fered ex­per­tise in busi­ness and home

Frus­trated with few options to make man­age­ment, and we have found there mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions, we looked for an is hope to break the poverty cy­cle if we or­ga­ni­za­tion where we could in­vest our are will­ing to in­vest time. This is a long- time and help move peo­ple out of poverty. term com­mit­ment, a com­mit­ment that can We found Cir­cles Utah Val­ley and our move peo­ple out of poverty one fam­ily at lives have never been the same. a time. Our ex­pe­ri­ence has not only ben­e­fited

Through this pro­gram, we have been­those we serve but it has en­riched our al­lied with a fam­ily in poverty - a mar­ried fam­ily as well. cou­ple with three chil­dren. The fa­ther is If you are look­ing for a mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ence hard-work­ing and has a job earn­ing about that re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence in $12 an hour. He works ev­ery day. He has low-in­come fam­i­lies, we rec­om­mend vol­un­teer­ing a high school ed­u­ca­tion. The fam­ily has a with Cir­cles Utah Val­ley. You ded­i­cated mother who tries to sup­ple­ment can find our more in­for­ma­tion at com­mu­nity­ac­tionuc. the in­come but finds it dif­fi­cult while caringorg/cir­cle-al­lies/. for her young chil­dren. ***

They have a small, old home with a The free man is he who does not fear to chicken coop and gar­den in the yard. They go to the end of his thought. - Leon Blum

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