Through the South Central Community Action Program's "Thriving Connections Initiative", volunteers act as allies to a person or family in poverty- called a Leader - acting like a good friend or extended family member. Groups consist of the Leader and two allies, Allies provide insight into a variety of life circumstances as the group works to accomplish specific goals set by the Leader. Volunteers attend a monthly group meeting, a twice-monthly Thursday community dinner and meeting, and make an 18-month commitment. Allies recieve extensive orientation, training, and support. Minimum age is 18.