Cynthia’s Story: “I just love my job.”
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She is the mother of four children. Two of her children have special needs.
“They told my son he would never graduate from high school. I couldn’t accept that. I believed in him. His future wouldn’t be limited.” Cynthia left her job and dedicated years to providing him with the best care possible. As she stayed at home to raise her children, her marriage worsened. Cynthia tried to file for divorce. She had no savings and hadn’t worked outside the home in years.
Her husband turned spiteful—allowing her to live in the house so she could still raise their children, but only giving her enough money to pay their rent.
“He threatened me with homelessness all the time. He controlled absolutely everything.”
Cynthia was caught between two bad choices: stay with an abusive partner, or become homeless. And then Cynthia was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cynthia’s life felt dark and hopeless. Women’s Empowerment became her beacon of light.
Cynthia attended our eight-week job readiness class—and by the end, she had a resume, a master application and had excelled in mock interviews! Cynthia also regained something she’d lost: her confidence.
Women’s Empowerment partnered with the Sacramento Kings and the Golden 1 Center to provide an on-site hiring event. Thirty-five graduates were hired!
“I was hired to be an Ambassador and a Greeter. I love my job!”
Cynthia is proud of her job. “If they call me to come in early, I jump at the chance. If they need me to cover someone’s shift, I make myself available. ‘No’ is not in my vocabulary when it comes to my employer.”
Cynthia’s son, thanks to years of her hard work, did graduate from high school and works full-time as an electrician. She now lives in her own apartment and her cancer is in remission. “My children are so proud of me.”
Cynthia joins the more than 150 homeless women who have secured jobs through Women’s Empowerment in 2016.
But her success doesn’t happen alone. It is your financial investment that makes all of this possible.
Every morning when I open those doors, I greet countless homeless women—mothers, with children—who desperately need that beacon of light: Hope. Opportunity. A path out of homelessness.
A gift of $100 will fund the innovative job-readiness skills we provide to homeless women and the nurturing, healing services for their children.
We cannot do this without you.
Please consider a gift of $100 to support women with children in our community ready to re-enter the workforce. Ready to build a brighter future for their family.