Heights of Hope partners with Good Samaritan Ministries to offer Circles, an 18 - month national program designed to empower and equip families to move out of poverty and thrive. The method is intentionally relationship- and community-driven and brings together people from all walks of life to support our Circle leaders and create change in our community. Watch the videos on the Circles USA webpage to learn how the program works.

The program starts with training and equipping leaders from our neighborhood who identify their strengths and create long term goals. Leaders are then each matched with two to three allies from our neighborhood and greater community, who come alongside them to offer support and encouragement. This method is rooted in the belief that the responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities.

Here are ways you can get involved:

  • Become a Circle Leader: Individuals who are looking to make life changes through participating in Circles. These are the people setting goals (financial, educational, etc.) to help them gain better financial security.

  • Become a Circle Ally: Friends and community members who commit to supporting and encouraging a Circle Leader through relationship building and consistency.

  • Join a Resource Team: These education, jobs, and community teams support our Circles group with special events, training, and resources.

  • Provide a meal. Each Tuesday we have a meal for all our leaders and allies. This not only eases a time and financial burden on families, but also gives our group a moment to relax together around some good food before getting to work. People who provide meals can come early and prepare it in the kitchen at Niekerk, or bring it pre-made and ready to serve.

For more information, text or call Mandy at (616) 589 - 6612, email, or fill out our CONTACT FORM.

Cohort 1: September 2017-August 2019

Cohort 2: October 2019-August 2021

Cohort 3: September 2021-Present