Celebrating one year of helping jobseekers–and ending homelessness!
“Like so many One Stop Centers, we serve a region that’s been hit hard by layoffs and downsizing. The Get A Job Kit supplements existing county employment services and helps us respond more rapidly. We keep a supply on hand because you never know when the next shoe will drop.”
— Reno, Nevada
One year ago, Women’s Empowerment began producing the award-winning Get A Job Kit as part of an innovative paid training program for women who are experiencing homelessness in the Sacramento region. Since then twenty-four women who were once homeless have completed the paid training, and 70% of those women are now employed.
The Get A Job Kit paid training program complements Women’s Empowerment’s mission to end homelessness for women and children; the training is an effective pathway to employment for homeless women encountering barriers to securing work. Too often, women who are homeless must turn down necessary job training because it is unpaid—and as a result, they are unable to develop job skills and pay their bills. However, The Get A Job Kit paid training program allows women who are homeless to develop advanced job skills and professional know-how while receiving a stipend, improving their chances to secure lasting employment. The women who manufacture The Get A Job Kit cultivate a variety of job-ready skills to help them in their job searches, including production, quality assurance, receiving and shipping, marketing, and customer service. Additionally, participants in the program receive training focused in workplace safety, workplace harassment, labor standards, conflict resolution, and personal and professional boundaries, among other highly valued skills needed in the workplace.
On our the one-year anniversary, Women’s Empowerment sends its gratitude to Shirley Willey, owner of Etiquette & Company, who created and originally manufactured the Kit before donating it to our organization. Under her guidance, the Kit helped thousands of job-seekers—including many of Women’s Empowerment’s students—secure employment and thrive.