Circles® of Support


Visit our weekly Circles Community meeting.

Every Thursday evening
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tabernacle Presbyterian Church
418 East 34th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

To attend, click here to email Marie Wiese to express your interest.

The Issue

Poverty, when coupled with domestic abuse, can lead many victims to feel trapped and unable to escape the cycle of violence. The Circles® of Support initiative offers a promising and sustainable path towards creating self-sufficiency in families. This program is designed to help survivors of domestic violence transition out of poverty and inspire communities to participate in finding long-term solutions to poverty while building circles of support and friendship around the families in need.

Our Solution

Survivors of domestic violence will complete a sixteen week course using the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’ By World curriculum through which they will evaluate their lives, learn unwritten cultural rules regarding employment and financial prosperity, and develop the life skills necessary to survive and flourish in society.  After completing the Getting Ahead™ training, client participants will be matched with 2 to 4 allies (volunteers from the community) who will encourage them as they transition out of poverty by joining together in a Circle of Support.

Getting Involved

Individuals can support the work of Circles® by:
  • Becoming an Ally in a Circle of Support
  • Working behind the scenes to help plan weekly meetings, coordinate meals, and assist with childcare
  • Donating to support the Circles® Initiative 
Groups can support the work of Circles® by:


Data from other Circles® communities indicates that participants in Circles® increase income, go back to school, find stable housing, manage finances, become better parents, build social capital and realize their dreams instead of being overwhelmed by hopelessness.  Allies report that they find meaning and fulfillment in assisting in the work of individual and community transformation.

Additional Information


To learn more about this program and volunteer opportunities, please contact Marie Wiese at (317) 941-2200 or via email by clicking here

To download our Getting Ahead Workshops brochure, click here.

Getting Ahead ™
Copyright by DeVol & Associates, LLC
Presented in parthership with aha! Process, Inc. 
Circles of Support
Ending the cycle of violence by
ending the cycle
of generational poverty.

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