A Hand Up For Women (Knox County Christian Women's Job Corps) has been walking alongside women with the desire to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle since 2003. They will freely say that our program helped save their lives. For all those years, we have relied on a church to offer us low-cost space for our offices, classroom, computer lab, clothing room, kitchen and dining area. Even though we were in someone else's space, the ladies have always said that when they come to us, they feel like they are coming home. For most of them, it is the first place where they are welcomed by people who are truly glad to see them, who love them unconditionally, and believe in their ability to become what they were created to be. We provide a full range of classes in Wiser Life Management, Job Readiness Skills, Computer Skills and Spiritual Development. Every woman is also matched with a trained mentor who serves as her personal source of encouragement and accountability throughout her year in the program and beyond.
We have seen women move off public assistance and become tax-payers as they achieve careers they never thought possible. Children have been returned to their mothers' custody. Addiction has been conquered. Homes have been purchased for their families. Survival has turned to living a full life.
Our graduates come back to A Hand Up to gain new skills, be role models to the new women, serve on our Board of Directors, and speak on behalf of the program in the community. Again, they call it "coming home."
We know that now is the time to begin a capital campaign to purchase a house...to finally have a home of our own. This would also allow us to provide short-term housing for women in unique situations, preventing them from having to go to shelters. You can become part of this effort by contributing here on our gofundme page. Visit www.ahandupforwomen.org to see a brand new video, "A Place Called Hope" and meet some of our ladies.
- Susan Moore
- Mary K. Brooks
- LaVon Stinson
- Kathi Rhodes
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