Hawkins Study Club Hears Program On Women's Job Corps
By Suzan Armstrong
April 10, 2012 at 11 p.m.
The Hawkins Study Club met on April 9, 2012 at the home of Lavinia Atchley. We welcomed a guest from Holly Lake, Barbara Darcy. Our program was presented by Kathy Toon. She is a volunteer at the Christian Women's Job Corps of Tyler.
The Christian Women's Job Corps is a nine week educational program for women in the Tyler community with a financial need to work. Classes include computer training, money management, boundary and goal setting, career assessment, resume writing, interviewing, job search, business communications and a non denominational Bible study.
The program is funded by grants, private donations and donations from the Tyler Junior League. The only cost to a student is a $12.00 workbook fee.
The students come from all walks of life. Some of women who have been abused and/or abandoned by spouses, some are women who have never worked and are widowed and some have been incarcerated. The only requirements for admission are a high school diploma or a G.E.D. and they must be clean of any drug or alcohol abuse.
There are many life skills that are also taught, anger management, building up of self confidence and esteem. They learn to dress appropriately for job interviews and learn proper etiquette in meeting others.
The Christian Women's Job Corp has served the Tyler community for over ten years and has had more than 600 participants in the East Texas area. They equip women for employment and life. Godly women teach essential life skills to keep students personal lives in order. They are grounded in God's Word and are shown how to apply time-tested, biblical principles to life's problems.
The new executive director of CWJC is Cathy Gohmert.
There are many opportunities for volunteers in this program, job skills teacher, prayer partner, regular financial support, providing lunch/snacks, student workbooks, professional clothing, office supplies, computers. When we help women who are concerned about financial security, difficult family relationships ---you help not only that family but also the community.
Our last meeting for the year will be May 7, 2012 at the home of Pat Harris. Our program will be "A Mother Serving Her Country" a Message from Kyrgyzstan, by Major Beverly Baker, the daughter in law of Hawkins Study Club president, Francie Baker.
We will also have installation of new officers at this time.