By Sophie Klein - Grant Writer/Development Coordinator
A WEN mom
The greatest impact always comes when people work together to achieve a common goal.
The Women's Employment Network has always valued collaboration whether with local companies and employers or with other Kansas City agencies serving those in need. Partnerships help us learn from each other and eliminate redundancy. WEN is excited to announce two new partnerships that will allow us to help even more Kansas City women.
WEN Joins with LISC to become Kansas City's second Financial Opportunity Center This month the Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation's largest community development organization, announced that they selected the Women's Employment Network as their second Kansas City Financial Opportunity Center.
WEN added Financial Coaching to our services in March 2013, and this new partnership gives us access to the methodology and resources developed by LISC as part of their Financial Opportunity Model. This model has a proven history of success and helps to ensure that WEN's Financial Coaching program will be effective. The LISC model provides services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access. These core services are integrated and provided to clients in a bundled fashion in an effort to reinforce one another and to provide a comprehensive approach to income and wealth building.
LISC's service model complements WEN's employment training program and services, and this partnership will make it possible for WEN to help women find economic stability.
100 Jobs for 100 Moms Initiative Women's Employment recently became involved with two local agencies, Operation Breakthrough and Amethyst Place, on an initiative that aims to find jobs for Kansas City mothers. Given that stable employment and income are essential to the wellbeing of families, the 100 Jobs for 100 Moms initiative aims to match a mother trapped in generational poverty with a business willing to provide a job and on-the-job mentoring.
While these agencies serve many women in need of work, employment preparation and job search assistance are new ventures for Operation Breakthrough and Amethyst Place. By working with WEN they gain perspective on how guide women through the employment process. In addition, this initiative will work closely with area business partners who help provide a specialized work experience for moms who face a myriad of obstacles when pursuing traditional employment avenues.
Lasting employment that leads to economic stability will allow local families to live much better lives, and WEN is proud work collaboratively to make this a reality.
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