Adam Hartnett serves as the Director of Neighborhood Ministries at St. Luke’s UMC in Orlando where he connects two groups of very different people to work toward a common goal: ending poverty and its effects on folks with a low income. Through Asset-Based Community Development he works with community residents to create positive neighborhood change with the support of volunteers from the Church. Before his work at St. Luke’s Adam studied and served in many ways that helped him develop a deeper understanding of people from diverse backgrounds.
These included studying at the Florida State University and receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus in Social Policy and Program Administration; serving as a research assistant with the Institute for family Violence Studies at FSU; working in youth development; serving as a case manager and volunteer coordinator for a large transitional housing program for families and individuals experiencing homelessness; and serving as a missionary in Chontala, Quiche, Guatemala. He is a proud member of both the LGBTQ+ community as well as the Latinx community. In his free time, he enjoys reading, riding his bike, practicing yoga, playing volleyball, and traveling.
Circles USA: Building Communities to End Poverty
The Circles USA mission has always been to inspire and equip families and communities to thrive and resolve poverty. We believe strongly that responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities. It’s the underlying foundation of the Circles model – engage people and organizations in the community to end poverty. The Circles model was developed after the organization discovered that social service agencies could reach only a small portion of the population living in poverty with real long-term solutions. Since that time, Circles has worked to address poverty by increasing the capacity of communities. Our approach combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, case management, grassroots leadership, S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child/youth development.