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The Women’s Bean Project provides opportunities for women in Denver to break a cycle of poverty and unemployment. Here’s the story of Angela, one of the many helped by this innovative program in 2011:
"I moved to Denver to help out family, and after I arrived, I just couldn’t find a job fast enough. Bills started to pile up, and I couldn’t pay my rent. I was never involved in drugs, and I don’t have a felony. I started to feel really unstable, and stopped believing in myself. I got so tired of not being self-sufficient. Being homeless was so incredibly depressing.
I learned a lot about myself at the Bean. I have gained so much self-esteem and confidence from being here. In my career, I really want to do something that gives back to the community in some way, especially after seeing how much good can be done. At the Bean, there really are a lot of wonderful participants, volunteers, donors and staff involved in making a difference."
Since 1989, The Women’s Bean Project has taught women like Angela job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs. They offer employment in their gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses.
Angela's photo courtesy of the Women's Bean Project.