Bridge to Success

NCJW's National Platform includes a commitment to working on Economic Justice, Human Needs Funding, The Well-Being of Women, Children, and Families, Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence. We are pleased to be partnering with Women's Empowerment, a local nonprofit organization which addresses these issues in its programs, in awarding our new Bridge to Success Grants.

Each year, Women's Empowerment holds four 8½ week sessions to train women with the job and interpersonal skills necessary to obtain employment, create healthy lifestyles, and regain homes for themselves and their children. These students are unemployed and often homeless. They may lack healthcare and childcare. Some have been trafficked. Others have had abusive partners. Year after year, woman by woman, Women’s Empowerment gives people their lives back.

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Since 2001, Women’s Empowerment has provided services to over 1,200 women and 2,500 children. In 2014, 89% of women had regained a safe home for their children and 88% of women had secured a job or enrolled in school or training programs.

NCJW Sacramento is the first nonprofit organization to work with Women’s Empowerment in assisting the individual graduates of their programs. We learned of an unmet need and decided to fill it — graduates often have relatively small problems that stand in the way of stability, such as lacking the money to get a car smogged and registered, or a bicycle repaired, or a SMUD bill paid, or a rent deposit put down. In 2016, the Sacramento Section will award grants of up to $500 per quarter, for a total $2000. We will be highlighting the stories of some of our grant recipients as these grants are given. Help make this a reality. Make a donation.

The Bridge to Success grant program is only 9 months old. In that short time, NCJW Sacramento has received 17 applications from Women Empowerment graduates. Out of the 17 applications, NCJW awarded 11 grants. Some of the needs included:

  • $35.00 for library fines which prevented the applicant from utilizing the library computers
  • $50.00 for a past due SMUD bill that was the one obstacle to stable housing
  • $100.00 for a monthly transit pass for transportation to work
  • $178.00 for community college used books in a gerontology program
  • $500.00 for front tooth repair to complete a smile and secure employment
  • To date, NCJW Sacramento has given $1,500 to WE graduates to help them take that final step to Success. The subcommittee has seen an increase in quality and quantity of applications each quarter. The word is out in the WE community!

Currently, applications are being completed and submitted for the December 2016 grants. The subcommittee will be meeting the last week of November to review the applications and compile their recommendations.

On March 31, 2016, several NCJW Sacramento members and their family members gathered in a large warehouse for a morning of FUN. Our Mitzvah in a Minute “crew” helped to sort, organize and ready gown apparel for the annual Women’s Empowerment Gala. Women’s Empowerment has invited NCJW Sacramento back for the next Cesar Chavez holiday on Friday, March 31Mark your calendar!

We are talking to Women’s Empowerment about putting a tour schedule together for our members. Interested? Contact Andrea at andreabaking@surewest.net

 

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