Break the cycle of poverty: help provide job-training opportunities to women in need.
The crushing cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty can leave women feeling hopeless and helpless, stealing their self-confidence and stranding them in shelters or on the streets. Those without even a GED or high-school diploma have an especially hard time supporting themselves — and many are single mothers who have children to care for as well.
A shelter may offer a temporary roof over their heads, but does nothing to help them toward self-sufficiency. To make lasting changes in their lives, these women need the training, help, and support to successfully develop job skills, find job opportunities, and discover where their talents lie.
Women's Bean Project offers transitional jobs designed to provide women with an immediate income, as well as support services to overcome barriers to employment. Life skills, GED and computer classes, and hands-on training are all crafted to help women support themselves and their families. The tools they gain empower these women to create better lives for themselves, provide their families with hope, and contribute to a stronger community.
You can help get women back on their own two feet. This Gift That Gives More™ helps fund practical workforce training for women in need — from jewelry-making to computer classes, and even forklift certification — setting them up for higher-wage jobs and self-sufficiency.
Report from the Field
From Women's Bean Project, September 2011:
In June, Women's Bean Project held our yearly open orientation. Staff called all past applicants for openings in the program. More than 100 showed up — and eventually we were able to hire 20 women on to add to our current crew. At 38, it is our largest group ever!
Angela is just one of the many women helped this year at Women's Bean Project: "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."
About Women's Bean Project
Since 1989, Women's Bean Project has been dedicated to helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. The project strives to change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise, breaking the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty to help women support themselves and their families.
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