The community is invited to a ribbon cutting and refreshments to celebrate the new offices for Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps, which has been changing lives in Ellis County since 2006. The special celebration is slated for 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at 100 Chambers Circle, Suite 1008, Waxahachie. The nonprofit is joined at the event by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.
“Our mission is to equip women with the life and employment skills necessary for them to obtain self-sufficiency and advance in the culture,” Ellis CWJC executive director Lauri Henderson said. “We want to see every woman equipped to be all they can be through the love of God. Ellis CWJC provides a ‘hand up’ through tuition-free programs, job skills training, and personal development so they can live their best life.”
Ellis CWJC serves women ages 18 and older with offerings that include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), resume writing, interviewing skills, communication, soft skills, financial management, managing relationships, and Bible study. Mentors are provided for each participant.
The 12-week program, which ends with a graduation ceremony, is offered in the spring and fall and follows Waxahachie ISD’s schedule. The classes are free to participants, with the next semester starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. The semester’s last class will be April 21, with a graduation ceremony that evening. Classes meet from 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays-Thursdays.
Ellis CWJC is completing its spring enrollment now and has a few spots remaining. Those interested are encouraged to contact the office at 972-937-6620 to schedule an interview. Class sizes are limited to ensure participants are fully served.
In addition to its daytime class scheduling, Ellis CWJC offers ad hoc classes in the evenings and some Saturdays on topics ranging from computer skills to conversational Spanish.
Ellis CWJC site coordinator Paula Marney shared with the Sun how the nonprofit has served women of all ages and even into their 70s as it strives to address a diverse set of needs.
“It could be someone who didn’t graduate high school, and we encourage them to work toward their GED,” Marney said. “It could be women who’ve gotten out of jail, who’ve suffered from substance abuse (there is a minimum six months’ sobriety to participate in Ellis CWJC), someone who’s been widowed or divorced and maybe doesn’t know how to handle their budget. We have women who want to improve their computer skills.”
Ellis CWJC both receives and makes referrals for services in partnership with local churches and nonprofits including Ellis County Homeless Coalition, Waxahachie Care, FirstLook and others. The organization itself is part of a larger organization, Woman’s Missionary Union.