The success of every woman should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.

– Serena Williams


Women in Grand Rapids are hurting. In the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we interacted with nearly as many clients as we typically do in an entire year.

But despite added barriers, we also see women thriving. I am so proud of our team and our clients who are continuing to train, pursue new career opportunities, and keep themselves and their families safe during this season. Thank you for continuing to partner with us and support them in their good work!

One of my favorite stories was from two of our New Beginnings participants who pressed their way through and completed the Welding Program at GRCC. We are so proud of them for completing this training that will set them up for a new career path.

Another highlight is our new partnership with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. As they release women to reduce overcrowding during COVID-19, we help them successfully re-enter the community, find a safe temporary shelter, and ensure they have food, clothing, and assistance with employment opportunities.

All across West Michigan, women are doubling down to overcome challenges of unemployment and underemployment. We are supporting them — virtually, in person, with texts and phone calls — to achieve their personal and professional goals. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the support and professional development that we provide are avenues to raise women from where they are to where they want to be.

During this season of giving, please consider supporting WRC today at or by joining EMPOWER, our new monthly giving program. Thank you for helping women aspire to better futures!


Sandra Gaddy

Chief Executive Officer