The Kit’s History
“Our correctional education budget was cut by more than 30%. The Get A Job Kit is more affordable than a book, and our students truly appreciate receiving this incentive to begin anew. Most express gratitude when they receive one.”
— Chowchilla, California
The award-winning Get A Job Kit is produced by Women’s Empowerment as part of an innovative paid training program for women who are experiencing homelessness in the Sacramento region. Complementing its mission to end homelessness for women and children, Women’s Empowerment’s Get A Job Kit training program is an effective pathway to employment for homeless women encountering barriers to securing work; since Women’s Empowerment began offering its Get A Job Kit training program, thirty women who were once homeless have completed the paid training, and 70% are now employed.
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.
The Get A Job Kit was donated to Women’s Empowerment in 2014 by Shirley Willey, owner of Etiquette & Company, who created and originally manufactured the Kit. Under her guidance since 1993, the Kit helped thousands of job-seekers—including many of Women’s Empowerment’s students—secure employment.
The paid Get A Kit trainees and the staff at Women’s Empowerment offer their most sincere thanks to Shirley, who continues to contribute to the Kit’s many successes!
Helping job seekers get a handle on interviewing more confidently since 1993.