About the Campaign
We plan to invest nearly $2 million in our new home while also funding program expansion and an investment in our endowment. The new space will provide:
- Increased visibility
- Additional room for programming
- Proximity to target population
- Reduction of flood incidences
Who We Are
Women’s Resource Center provides a welcoming, safe, supportive, and relevant environment that helps eliminate barriers and equip women with the tools to achieve fulfillment and purpose in employment. Our programs include:
- Empowerment: one-on-one coaching, computer classes,
- Advocacy: divorce information workshop, seeking employment
- Business Boutique: free professional clothing for women in the
- New Beginnings Program: gender-responsive mentoring
services to incarcerated women
- Mentorship: immediate and long-term goal setting for lasting
services provided each year.
of our job-ready participants have secured employment
have received wage increases in their job
Our New Space
Women’s Resource Center’s new home is located at 816 Madison Ave SE in the 49507 zip code.
- Approximately 6,234 sq ft of floor space
- Close proximity to Gerald R. Ford elementary school
- Less than a mile from 7 community partner organizations
- Within two blocks of social services
- Located on The Dash and The Rapid public transportation lines
NEW BEGINNINGS PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Hope first encountered Women’s Resource Center through a coaching session at a local nonprofit focused on strengthening young families. She was interested in the support that a career coach could offer, and stayed in touch with WRC through her schooling, internship, and eventual career.
Hope said, “It’s like having your own personal big sister. My coach would video call me every Wednesday morning just to see how my week was going. WRC helped me put my resume together and they gave me clothes for my interview, not only for my internship but the position I’m in now. And through the pandemic, they came alongside me and helped me with finances. They even helped my son, Robert, get new eyeglasses and find a job after his high school graduation.”
“It’s been really good having someone to support me, especially when I feel like I can’t achieve things. I know I always have my coach to be that extra cheerleader to back me up when I feel like I can’t finish a task. Just having that person there has been what I needed the most.”
EMPOWER PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Faith first got involved with Women’s Resource Center in 2019 after she had been out of the workforce for four years as a stay-at-home mom to her two boys. Faith said, “I was an emotional mess when I came to WRC. The biggest encouragement was just how my coach listened to me. She helped construct my resume, but also listened to me.”
“The first job I got into—she was there to congratulate me on the way. And then she was there with encouragement when that job didn’t work out. I could have gotten really down on myself, but I continued to pursue my passion. Then I got my new job. For me, it was so fulfilling. I wasn’t making as much money, but I love what I do.”
“To have my coach take the time to check in on me, see how I was doing… it was life-changing. She believed in me. She saw something that I didn’t see in myself.”
Thank you for your help not only with my resume but with giving me the confidence that I could pick myself up and move forward.
I was fired from my job on February 20th. A friend of mine recommended that I get in touch with Women’s Resource Center. Shortly after the initial interviews to determine my needs and how you could best assist me, COVID hit. Everything was shut down. But you still arranged for help with my resume. I sent you my resume, you arranged a coach, and after a couple of phone calls and reviews and coaching and encouragement, I had a really good resume.
Once things started opening up, I had several interviews which led to my being employed in an ideal position. I know that the improvements and professionalism of my resume are what got me noticed.