FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Amber Martin
Graduate Student, Full Sail University
Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 6, 2016 – The Women’s Resource Agency empowers women and girls to attain and maintain personal self-sufficiency and economic independence.
The Women’s Resource Agency is a non-profit organization located in the Pikes Peak region. The agency assists about 1000 participants each year through individual coaching, career-building workshops, personal development classes, computer training, image consulting and a professional clothing boutique for women.
The majority of participants are low-income, single, separated or divorced women seeking a job that provides a living wage. In El Paso County, the median income for single moms is $25,778 a year. Eight out of Ten women who get Suited Up For Success through the agency find a job.
The agency works with teen girls as well. Through their InterCept Program, at risk teen girls in El Paso County school districts are encouraged to complete high school. The program teaches leadership, building positive relationships and how to make healthy life choices. In 2015, 98 percent of the teens in the program graduated.
Donations and community support are relied on to fulfill their mission. There are several ways to contribute. Volunteering, clothing donations and financial support are all accepted.
Women’s Resource Agency is one of the most effective non-profit organizations in the Pikes Peak region. Most participants are referred to Women’s Resource Agency by human and social service agencies in the community.
About the Women’s Resource Agency
The Women’s Resource Agency is the oldest, continuously operating women’s human service organization in the Pikes Peak region. Since forming in 1972, the agency has helped thousands of women re-enter the workforce. The agency meets clients wherever they are in their lives and helps them improve their situations in a non-threatening and non-judgmental environment.
To learn more about the Women’s Resource Agency go to http://www.wrainc.org/about.html
Four men and one woman work around a small kitchen table shredding whole turkeys and chopping cabbage and carrots in the Samaritan’s Kitchen at Springs Rescue Mission Jan. 22, 2016 as homeless people from all walks of life wait outside to be served dinner.
“Since I’ve been here people are generally pretty excited to come in. They can see that we’re putting an effort into providing good food for them, nutritious and flavorful,” said Pam Scharfenberg, a Chef in the Samaritan’s Kitchen. “Its very important to have a warm meal during the winter months. One of the things that we try to do is feed people a hot meal loaded with carbohydrates because that’s what creates energy and warmth in your body.”
27 people are served Turkey a la King with potatoes and bread during the first dinner meal of the evening. Applesauce and granola bars are passed out as a snack. The food is provided by generous donations from the community. Three dinner meals are served in the evenings starting at 4:00pm and ending at 5:30pm. The Samaritan's Kitchen has the ability to serve up to 225 people dinner each evening, Monday through Saturday.
“The atmosphere in the kitchen is jovial fellowship,” said Ezekiel Conley, Graduate Services Program Culinary Intern and Kitchen Manager. “The dinner program is called Message in a Meal, so there’s always a scripture verse and the daily bread read before the meal and the prayer. Most people are receiving of that.”
Men from the New Life Program do food preparation, cooking, serving, and washing dishes 20 to 30 hours a week as part of the program. Nine men are on shift this evening. As well as one volunteer who comes in regularly to help. Volunteers vary from day-to-day depending on who is scheduled and who shows up.
“I volunteer my time because of the fellowship and camaraderie. Everybody has a good spirit here and wants to help,” said Ezekiel Conley, Graduate Services Program Culinary Intern and Kitchen Manager. “I used to be homeless, and knowing that I could come off the street and get a meal was very comforting.”
To learn more about Springs Rescue Mission and the Samaritan’s Kitchen visit http://www.springsrescuemission.org/samaritans-kitchen/