The mission of Synergy Circle is to build the capacity of faith leaders and organizations to address core community concerns that prevent individuals, families and communities from experiencing spiritual and physical health and well-being. Synergy Circle focuses on preparing faith leaders and groups to be on the front lines to address substance use, HIV/AIDS, health disparities and healing from intergenerational and urban trauma. In 2017, Nancy Kingwood Ministries agreed to become the new steward for the Healthy Families and Communities Coalition, which was launched in 2008 by Latino Community Services in Hartford with a focus on empowering faith communities to address HIV/AIDS. Over the years, interest in the coalition extended beyond Hartford and coalition members expressed interest in tackling a broader set of concerns.
In 2014, the coalition became one of the 35+ groups around the country to be included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Faith-Based Coalitions and Collaborative Partnerships initiative. Through this affiliation the coalition connects to a national network of coalitions and is eligible to receive technical assistance from SAMHSA. Given the commitment to becoming a statewide organization and expanding the coalition’s focus areas, leadership agreed that stewardship for the next phase of the work would best be served by an organization focused on addressing the whole range of health disparities and equity issues and that also close ties to the faith community.
The new name, Synergy Circle and its tagline, “stronger together” reflect the fact that interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents can produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects: By choosing to be a part of a circle, participants have equal and shared responsibility in shared leadership and impact.