Recently I was with one of our graduates of the Women’s Academy. This program paves the way for young women to move toward living wage employment and stable housing. The Academy’s program prepares participants for employment through life skills classes, Microsoft certification, and case management. Removing obstacles of transportation, childcare, clothing, and meals make it possible for young women (mostly moms) to receive transformational services to move toward paid apprenticeships. Through our corporate partners Randstad, UPS, Anthem, and others, young women, on the job training opens the door for 73% of our graduates to secure great jobs leading to a career.
This is Neta’s story. A young mom of two adorable girls had experienced exploitation early in her life which impacted her life choices. From abusive relationships and domestic violence to trafficking, Neta felt her life was over. But Neta had the courage to enroll in the Women’s Academy, and Friday, she was glowing as she told me over and over, “Wellspring saved my life.” We know it was God working through Wellspring Living and so many generous people who give of their time and treasures to bring access to services that would be out of reach for the women we serve. Neta completed the 10-week Academy, her 12 week apprenticeship, and received an offer for employment. Not only is her life forever changed, but also her 2 little girls.