That is our approach to helping young families with low income develop the resources they need to build a bridge into a self-sustaining lifestyle. We approach the problem one family at a time. No one of us can instantly eliminate the barriers for every young parent in Buncombe County to make them qualify for living-wage employment, but as partners we can help one family at a time to successfully make that journey.
As part of the National Circles Initiative, ABCCM Our Circle is matching 1-4 Allies, who are intentional friends and mentors, with young parents aged 16-24. The young parents get many benefits from this relationship including unconditional love, self-esteem, encouragement and sometimes counsel. But the Allies receive too as their intimate contact with a socio-economic status they have never know radically challenges the fundamental beliefs they have held about that segment of society and their particular struggles.
Over time a bond develops and a Circle (=young parent(s) + Allies) working together can transform the life of that family. And it is worth the time and struggle, because as the young parent becomes successful, then the future for their children is transformed in the process.