The YWCA Union County provides comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence. These include Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Supportive Housing, 24-Hour Hotline, Counseling and Case Management, Family Justice Center, PALS (Peace: A Learned Solution) Program for children, Court Advocacy, Skills Training and Empowerment Program (STEP – a workforce development program), Crisis Response Teams (CRT), DV Liaison Program, and Community and Professional Education .
Angela endured long-term physical, emotional, and financial abuse during her marriage. Even after Angela and her children left the abuse, her husband continued to financially abuse her by withholding child support and damaging her credit. Angela began sessions with the YWCA Union County’s STEP Job Specialist. Within her first session, Angela set three important career and financial goals for herself to gain permanent independence from her abuser.
1) Finding fulltime employment:
Through Individual coaching sessions, the Job Specialist assisted Angela with the extensive application process and prepared her for job interviews. At the STEP Computer Labs, Mary was able to improve her resume with the help of a STEP Volunteer and applied for several positions in a safe environment. She utilized the STEP Clothing Closet to have interview appropriate attire. Angela successfully obtained a full time position allowing her to save money for housing.
2) Long-Term Housing Support:
Angela entered the YWCA Union County’s Supportive Housing Program providing her with an apartment for herself and her two children. This program provides a full furnished apartment to live in for up to two years while she builds her financial and employment skills. She continued to receive financial empowerment service and continued to save money to obtain her own apartment.
3) Building her credit score:
Lastly, through workshops using the Allstate Financial Curriculum, Angela learned more about how credit scores are determined and how to rebuild her credit score. She was referred to The Independence Project, which is a NNEDV credit building program implemented through micro-lending. Angela is currently rebuilding her credit score to have future options for homeownership and other financial necessities.
Help us fill the Purple Purse so we can help more women like Angela become empowered and independent. Here is what your support can do:
$25 – Materials for a resume writing workshop
$50 - Group counseling session for one survivor
$75 - Individual STEP coaching session for a survivor
$100 - One night in the shelter for a woman and her children
$250 – Court Advocate consultation
$500 – Tuition for three survivors to attend a computer training
$750 - One month of creative art therapy for a child in our PALS Program
$1000 - Six months for a family in Supportive Housing
How can you help us meet the Purple Purse Challenge?
1. Donate to our team page
2. Join the team and create your own page to fundraise with us
3. Share the link on social media throughout the month of October
Thank you for joining us in meeting the Purple Purse Challenge