News & Events
Call To Action meetings for supporting woman who are homeless:
- 6/21 3-4pm Sand Creek Library
- 6/22 9:30-10:30am Westside Cares
- 6/24 2:30-3:30pm Catholic Charities, Marian House
- 6/27 4-5pm Penrose Library
- 6/28 10:30-11:30 Westside Cares
- 6/30 3:30-4:30pm Sand Creek Library
Hosted April 4 at the Antler’s Hilton. Clothing sponsored by JcPenney.
Thanks to all of our guests who packed the house!
WRA shared about:
- Audrianna, who is one of our InterCept girls and is graduating from Harrison High School this spring. She has received a four year, full ride scholarship to Colorado College.
- Patty told her story of moving from Buena Vista with her daughter to Colorado Springs and looking for work. No car. No home. Patty was none-the-less resourceful, she found WRA and signed up as a volunteer and client. Within a few months Patty got a job in marketing at the Chapel Hills Mall.
We gave out awards:
- Bev Infante and Jennifer Roberts received awards from Patty to Shine On – thanks to their support of Patty.
- First responders received WRA’s first ever Community Rock award, a carved piece of Pikes Peak Granite, saying thanks. Kudos went to Wendi Knutsen, Steve Schopper and Station 1’s crew back in January: Lt. Craig Milroy, Tim Salazar, Trevor Leland and Brad White.
Celebration of Life Fund
ENT Federal Credit Union
Mother’s Day Sip and Splatter painting for mom and kids hosted on May 10.
The 50th Anniversary War on Poverty
- Indicators that have improved: graduation rates, economic inclusion of young people, unemployment
- Indicators that have declined: employees with sick pay or retirement benefits
- Indicators that stayed the same: pay, gender wage gap, work for people with disabilities
- Indicators improved: None
- Indicators declined: income inequality
- Indicators same: Poverty rate
- Stable Families and Communities
- Indicators improved: teen births, unemployed parents, children living apart from parents
- Economic Security
- Indicators improved: food insecurity, health insurance
- Indicators declined: affordable child care, affordable housing, assets, unemployment insurance
- Reinforce job skill development and job creation
- Encourage and mentor girls to graduate, lead and continue their education
How you can help:
- Donate time – call 719-471-3170 for more information
- Sponsor programs and advocacy. Donate to WRA or contact Melissa Marts email@example.com
Tennis Anyone? The Colorado Springs Country Club is coordinating a tennis classic to benefit the Women’s Resource Agency on September 15. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sip and Splatter, a fun two hours of learning to paint and sipping wine is happening on September 28 from 6:30-8:30. Cost is $30 and it is held in the downtown loft of Kathleen Saltmarsh-Voss, a great location to check out. RSVP at email@example.com.
Hopes & Dreams Breakfast Fundraiser
Hopes and Dreams, September 2013 was attended by over 250 friends. We were able to bring on three members to the Hopes and Dreams Giving Circle and 35 new monthly donors. That is great news for our women and girls. Thank you community and sponsors!
The Women’s Resource Agency has been serving women and girls in the Colorado Springs community for over 40 years. In 2013 alone, we served over 700 women and just over 100 girls. Our goal for 2014 is to serve a minimum of 1,200 clients.
The majority of women served at WRA are single moms living below the federal poverty line, in transition with little or no post-secondary education, and low confidence — personally or in the employment arena. Our programs increase their likelihood of attaining employment and securing financial stability for themselves and their families.
The teen girls we serve are at high risk of teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dropping out of school, and getting in trouble with the law. Our programs are committed to reducing these risks by empowering girls to make healthy choices.
Introducing Suit-Up For Success
New Name, Same Outstanding Services
Women's Resource Agency announced the opening of its new, independent Suit-Up for Success program on January 1, 2013. After careful consideration by the Board of Directors and staff, WRA decided to not continue as an affiliate with Dress for Success Worldwide (DFS), but instead to establish its own independent program, in the interest of continuing to improve services and serve more clients.
WRA will continue to offer free interview and employment clothing under its new program name. WRA does not anticipate the name change to affect clients or referring agencies whatsoever. And all clothing donations to WRA will continue to be processed and made available to all clients on the same bases.
The client supportive services for job readiness, resume writing, computer skills, job-search skills, interview preparation, financial literacy, and professional development, for which WRA has been known for more than 40 years, will go forward as usual, with the goal of preparing every client for the employment world and all of its challenges.
Look for the Grand Re-Opening Celebration for the boutique coming up in February!
Success Story Spotlight
After finding herself unexpectedly homeless, not only was Amber unable to make ends meet, she was struggling to find community support. That all changed after her first visit to WRA. "The experience with the people at the agency have made it possible for me to obtain work and boosted my self confidence in every day life. They made my life seem worth living again and encouraged me to get out there and do what is needed. Soon I will be off the street." The day of her Dress for Success appointment, Amber interviewed and landed a job at a local bookstore.
WRA Welcomes Melissa Marts as Executive Director
Melissa Marts has been named Executive Director of Women's Resource Agency.
Melissa recently held the Chief Programs Officer position at Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, where she was hailed as the driver behind its most creative and cutting-edge programs. She has more than ten years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector and is a strong advocate for women and girls' mentorship and growth. She currently sits on the Governor's Food Policy Council - Healthy Food Access Task Force, is the Treasurer of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, works with Pikes Peak United Way's SELF and Quality of Life Indicators groups, and is the Sponsorship Chair for Pikes Peak Earth Day.
Melissa's strong connections to the community and extensive nonprofit partnership-building experience will be a tremendous asset to WRA. Her energetic support of clients' needs will serve her well, because she's entering WRA at an exciting time; when WRA is launching its first Style It Forward event, a social enterprise that will support its career readiness programming, and is sponsoring the Lilly Ledbetter Event to observe Pay Equity Day.
You may contact Melissa at 719-471-3170, firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to any of our events and meet her for yourself!
Style It Forward
Join us for our first Style It Forward sale on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Have you ever seen some of the lovely clothing that is donated (lots with tags still on them) that comes to WRA? If it is not interview or work place-appropriate, we will have a monthly sale of the first-rate garments that you will WANT to be seen in. Job readiness clients from February and March will get one free outfit. Sales to the general public at amazing prices. All proceeds benefit WRA’s Suit Up for Success program and the career readiness programs.
WRA Sponsors An Evening With Lilly Ledbetter
In conjunction with Pikes Peak Women, Women’s Resource Agency presents an inspirational and exciting Evening with Lilly Ledbetter, the face of pay equity for women. For ten years, Lilly Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women and men’s wages, sparring with the Supreme Court and lobbying Capitol Hill in an historic discrimination case against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Ledbetter won a jury verdict of more than $3 million after having filed a gender pay discrimination suit in federal court, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s ruling. Despite her defeat, Ledbetter continued her fight until the Supreme Court’s decision was nullified when President Obama, on January 29, 2009, signed into law the first new law of his administration: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
The lecture with Ms. Ledbetter is free and open to the public, on Monday, April 8, 2013 at UCCS in the Gallogly Events Center from 7-8 P.M. A private reception and signing of her book Grace And Grit takes place from 5:30-6:30. Tickets for the reception are $50.
Hopes & Dreams Open House Event
Many thanks to those who attended our Hopes & Dreams Open House event on February 28. With your generous support, we raised more than $6,000 to support the women and girls' programming that is the hallmark of Women's Resource Agency. Look for our trademark Hopes & Dreams breakfast coming in fall 2013.
With many thanks to our sponsors:
of Life Fund
Best-ever Hopes and Dreams Breakfast Fundraiser Raises over $26,000 to support the Women’s Resource Agency!
The 2nd annual Women’s Resource Agency (WRA) Hopes and Dreams Breakfast was our best yet! Thanks to support from more than 330 attendees, WRA raised the most funds ever, over $26,000!
WRA is the oldest, continuously operating women’s human service organization in the Pikes Peak region. Since forming in 1972, we have helped thousands of women re-enter the workforce and grow personally and professionally. Last year our agency served over 1750 women. These participants are striving to achieve and maintain personal self-sufficiency and economic independence.
Over the past decade, WRA has expanded to provide in-school prevention and intervention programs for at-risk teens, and programs for juvenile offenders and pregnant youth. Last year we assisted 100 teen girls and empowered them to build life-skills and gave them the tools to make healthy life choices that lead to an increase in self-esteem, reduction of risky behaviors (including drugs, alcohol, fighting, sexual activity) and an increase of school and community connected-ness. The breakfast further educated attendees on these programs -- Intercept and Intercept, Too.
The event was perfectly set with an interpretive performance courtesy of the Ormao Dance Company and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Thanks so much to Jan Johnson and Linda Weise for their creativity and thoughtfulness! Special thanks to our sponsors The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Regis University, WalMart, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Goodwill, Rocky Mountain Bank and Trust, Central Bancorp, Debbie Reardon and the Platinum Group Realtors, Kelly Roth and Delta Solutions, and The Gazette. Thanks also to the 30+ table captains who made this event possible.
If you were not able to attend our breakfast event, but would like to help us continue to reach more women and girls in the community you may do so by donating through this website. For more information contact us at 719-471-3170.
1/2012: The Women's Resource Agency Partners with Girls Circle for Training Opportunity
COLORADO SPRINGS -- The Women's Resource Agency is excited to host a two-day Girls Circle Facilitator Training in Colorado Springs! This training will provide adults with a solid, progressive framework of skills to facilitate gender-responsive programs for girls. The Girls Circle model has been applied across all systems of care: schools, mental health, juvenile justice, community-based organizations, and child welfare agencies. WRA and Girls Circle will also be providing a one-day mother/daughter training for service providers to learn techniques for running combined mother/daughter groups. The facilitator training will be held on April 17th and 18th from 8am to 4pm. The Mother Daughter Training will be held on Aprill 20th from 8am-4:30pm. The location will be the Aspen Pointe Room 1020 (next to Aspen Pointe Cafe) 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Early Bird Registration is $295. Register at www.girlscircle.com or call 707-794-9477.
11/2011: The Women’s Resource Agency Awarded the Seal of Excellence from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence
COLORADO SPRINGS -- In early November 2011, the Women’s Resource Agency was awarded the Seal of Excellence from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence of Colorado Springs. The Seal of Excellence is awarded to organizations who have implemented the eight Standards of Excellence and the associated fifty-five practices. We are one of two organizations to have earned this recognition. The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are especially thrilled to have received this level of recognition as it has been our goal over the last year to increase the capacity and efficiencies of our organization. We look forward to continuing to serving the financially vulnerable women and at-risk girls of our community for long into the future with programming that is responsive to their needs and that is supported by our whole community.
9/2011: The Women’s Resource Agency Joins the Educating Children of Color (ECOC) Committee
COLORADO SPRINGS The Women’s Resource Agency is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the Educatiing Children of Color (ECOC) Committee. This committee holds a summit every January for students, parents and professionals working with youth to encourage them on a journey to success. The goal is to dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline for children of color and children in poverty by focusing on education. To learn more or to register for the summit visit www.educatingchildrenofcolor.org.