Our Mission Statement
We are bringing together the family and community to help LGBTQyouth thrive.
Encircle will deepen and enrich the conversation among communities of faith and LGBTQ people. By teaching individuals to love themselves and empowering families, Encircle will help to cultivate an environment where these individuals can thrive.
Our programs and services will meet people wherever they are in their lives with cultural competency and sensitivity, using community partnerships, best practices, and innovative techniques.
Our Ethical Standards
Encircle is committed to abiding by a standard of ethical communication and conflict resolution. It will adhere to the following ethics and ideals: Acknowledging and accepting differences in healthy ways, listening and communicating effectively and respectfully, maintaining confidentiality, thoughtfully and responsibly engaging with media, and seeking to resolve interpersonal and community disputes.
Religion will always be respected, and all sexual orientations and gender identities will be considered healthy and normal. Encircle will maintain a trusted, respected, and respectful presence in the community.
Respect for all persons and the celebration of unique identities and intersections.
Excellence in all programs, services, education and trainings.
Integrity in all interactions.
Transparency in operations and governance.
Best practices and development of new techniques to promote health and wholeness for sexual and gender minorities and their families.
Supporting faith and faith practices for sexual and gender minorities who desire spiritual connections.
Creating and sustaining community-based models that operate along a system of ethical care.
From opening day onward, Encircle will evolve into both an incubator of innovation and a collaborative service leader. Our team will create a flexible outreach model that will work in tandem with a range of community-based volunteers, allied professionals, and mental and social-support experts, in ways that are highly effective and compassionate.
Finally, the most distinct, the most distinct benefit that Encircle will bring to the current situation facing our community will be a safe, welcoming, and supportive physical space. And the spirit that we cultivate in the space will be the simplest yet most important factor that Encircle will host.
There are many support groups, sources of information, and best practices for addressing the needs of families in the community. However, what all these resources lack, is a spirit-filled space that invites individuals and families to gather as often as needed. We need a space where individuals can be vulnerable, be heard and explore all that they are called to face at the intersection of their faith and being a sexual or gender minority.