Women's Resource Agency Programs
Women's Resource Agency is committed to empowering girls and women of all ages, of all walks of life to develop the life they want, so that they can live financially independently. Our services are for teenage girls and adult women.
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Most participants are referred to Women's Resource Agency by human and social service agencies in the community. Our partner agencies include:
- CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
- El Paso County Department of Human Services
- Goodwill Industries
- Pikes Peak Community Action Agency
- Pikes Peak Workforce Center
- TESSA, a local domestic violence prevention agency
- Women Partnering
The majority of our participants are low-income, single, separated or divorced women seeking a job that provides a living wage. Many are in crisis mode, overwhelmed with life's challenges and facing multiple transitions.
If you are actively seeking employment and are in need of professional clothing, career building workshops and other employment training, call us at 719-471-3170 to see if you qualify for our services.
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Topics include increasing your self-esteem, personal image, and personal growth.
Advocacy and Volunteer Opportunities for Empowerment
WRA hears what a client is interested in and works to find outlets for her to apply herself in the community.
WRA helps clients develop an individualized plan for succeeding in the workplace and throughout their lifetime. We also provide referrals to other community resources for other assistance.
Clients meet with a staff person to develop goals, gain support, get employment guidance and discover other resources in the community.
Regularly scheduled sessions assist women in reaching their goals.
- Professionalism and Networking
- Improving Communication Skills
- Resumé and Cover Letter Tips
- Interview Techniques
- Improving Self-Esteem
- Budgeting and Financial Planning
- Educational Opportunities
- Resumé Coaching
- Bi-monthly workshops on how to create a resume and cover letter
- Individual assistance to make your resume shine
- Mock Interviews
- Bi-monthly workshops covering what to expect, interview styles and skills to put your best foot forward
- Practice your skills and get feedback and tips to ace your interview
- Monthly Workshops: topics include: Job Readiness, Professionalism, & Money Management
- This class meets monthly and is designed for job-search clients to become career-ready. Topics will include personal branding, resume coaching, job searching, interviewing and networking.
- Computer Lab - Fill out applications, on-line job searches, or access your email for job search free of charge
- Computer 1 on 1 - Increase your computer skills in individual setting
- Social Media
- View job postings from local agencies
Career Corner Library
- Read our books related to personal or professional development
We help clients develop an individualized plan for succeeding in the workplace and throughout their lifetime. We also provide referrals to other community resources for other assistance. Meet with a staff person to develop goals, gain support, get employment guidance and discover other resources in the community.
Suit-Up for Success
At our boutique, job readiness clients who have a pending job interview receive one-on-one coaching from a Personal Shopper and select an appropriate interview suit to make the transition back to the workforce easier. Outfits include accessories and are free to clients to keep.
After gaining employment, clients return for additional workplace outfits and the opportunity to join our Women's Professional Network, an employment retention and career advancement program. Interview suiting - 1 to 2 interview appropriate business suits. Employment suiting - 5 to 8 career outfits for newly employed women
Encouraging teen girls to complete high school is important because dropouts earn lower wages than graduates, which can become a barrier to long-term self-sufficiency. We value girls and seek to build a community that values girls as full participants.
InterCept is a leadership program for at-risk girls in Harrison School District Two that teaches girls to make healthy life choices. This school-based prevention program for 8th through 12th grade girls focuses on building leadership skills and positive relationships by addressing such topics as:
- Depression, Suicide and Self-Injury
- Goal Setting
- Substance Abuse
- Anger Management
- Relational Aggression / Bullying between girls
- Intimate Partner Violence / Domestic Violence
- Healthy Relationships
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Abstinence-Based Sex Education
- Community Resources
- And more!
The program begins with weekly group meetings and guest speakers. Our high-school program focuses on community service-learning projects and monthly presentations on topics of interest to the girls.
InterCept Too is an intervention program for girls in the juvenile justice system who are referred by other agencies as part of their sentencing. Our program meets the sentencing requirements for Municipal Teen Court and the 4th Judicial District Probation and Diversion Programs.
Girls are referred through:
- The Colorado Springs Teen Court
- The 4th Judicial District Probation
- Senate Bill 94
- El Paso County Department of Human Services
- Adult and Juvenile Offenders Service
- And self-referrals, as space permits
Eight weekly group sessions are offered from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. A $100 non-refundable fee is assessed for the program; financial assistance may be available.
It is time for the Pikes Peak Region to ask, What do we do for women experiencing homelessness?
In April 2016 a woman was thrown from her bridge home, paraylzed and raped for three days before a passer-by heard her calls for help. This attack led to a fired-up community response for this woman, who, July 1st, is still hospitalized and yet to be named. Women came together for a community conversation on helping women who are experiencing homelessness as well as hosting of a fundraiser with Poor Richards restaurant. The community conversation on June 11 rallied to create a Declaration of what women experiencing homelessness are going through, what resources and changes are needed to keep them safe and growing toward having permanent housing. The draft Declaration of Intentions and Resolutions is below. The formal document will be shared with City Council, the County Commissioners, and our regional Continuum of Care for ending homelessness. We will form working committees of women experiencing homelessness and community members to implement the ideas put forth. Each June, we will gather to celebrate the growth and changes for women experiencing homelessness.
Recently, a local woman experiencing homelessness came to Women's Resource Agency and attended our Suit Up For Success program:
Draft - Declaration of Intention and Resolutions for Women Experiencing Homelessness
Created June 30, 2016
It is our intention to create environments that empower women who are experiencing homelessness through opportunities for health, wellness, work, working together and shelter.
Medicaid enrollment expansion
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Access to medications and follow up
Liaison with homeless/police/community
Motivational presentations from women who have been there
Incentives for employers to hire women experiencing homelessness
Childcare services (M-W 10-3) for moms looking for work
Childcare job training and center business creation
Speed up ID process
Jobs in addition to call centers, housecleaning, restaurants
Women’s support meetings
Women’s day centers
Craft guilds for nurture and entrepreneurship
Communicate programs available for women
Training and opportunities for community and church groups to support
Housing search navigators and matching service
Affordable housing NOW for people with disabilities, lower incomes, poor credit
Tent camping spaces
Storage sheds and pods
Fenced area for car camping
Good Renter certification course
We know that women are survivors, determined, undaunted and fearless.