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Causes: Financial Counseling, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, In-Home Assistance, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

Mission: Fresh start women's foundation empowers women to transform their lives through engagement and education.

Programs: Social work services: fresh start's master's level social workers and resource specialists provide individualized and group supportive services to women facing life transitions. The social work department helps women identify their current needs and goals, providing assistance with problem solving, prioritization, action planning and external resource information to support their personal or professional growth. In fy2014, the social work team conducted 2,270 one-on-one in-person sessions, as well as facilitated support groups for a total of 3,218 participants seeking information and support in the areas of domestic violence, self-esteem, identity, interpersonal relationships, codependency, addiction and women's issues. In addition, to support the continued increase of women needing social work services, 2 asu master's level social work interns provided direct client services for 2 consecutive semesters.

family law support: in fy2014, 584 women attended a divorce or legal decision-making information session and 335 women attended classes facilitated by licensed attorneys including arizona laws: how they work and preparing and presenting your case. Our family law support staff had 541 in-person visits assisting women with legal information, document review and/or document preparation with their divorce or family law matter involving children such as legal decision-making, parenting time and child support. Over 130 women attended our law day for women events in october and may providing over 1,500 family law support services to women in fy2014.

career services: in fy2014, 386 women were provided with one-on-one career coaching offering guidance in the areas of job searching, interviewing, resume writing, workplace communication, etc. In addition, career services provided a job opening book (updated weekly), career assessments, internet-accessible computers in our e-learning center for job searching, printing and faxing, and access to job skills testing and software tutorials. Career services also offered our new program jump start a 40 hour career readiness program, which debuted in january of fy2014 and served 66 women. Our on-the-job training program had 36 women enrolled in fy 2014 and 85% of the women who completed the program found employment or enrolled in school within three months of graduation. Fresh start also debuted our women's leadership series in fy2014 which helps to provide additional skills to women in midlevel leadership jobs; in fy2014 we had 489 women attend the series. In addition, career services scholarships provided financial aid to help women with basic expenses related to their job search such as cpr certifications, fingerprint clearance cards, food handler's cards, etc.

education services: education services provided 1,241 online and in-person workshops to 8,052 women over the last year in several areas including financial and computer literacy, family law, parenting, adult education, and healthy woman and healing arts. We served 298 women through the newly launched "freshpective" (fresh perspective) series, a monthly event focused upon civic education and awareness regarding crucial topics affecting women including: women & hiv, lgbtq cultural competency, substance abuse & recovery, domestic violence awareness, and human trafficking. Additionally, our annual summer event, starting fresh: back to school, served 119 women, providing them exposure to an educational resource fair from 20 postsecondary schools as well as important information on how to finance a college education, study skills, and a panel discussion from top educators in the community. Child watch: in fy14, child watch became a boon for expansion and growth. We incorporated a new, full-time staff position dedicated to developing family-focused programing and classes to enrich the child's learning while spending time with fresh start. New offerings include: safety awareness, dental health, yoga for yoginis, mommy and me reiki, iron mini-chefs, ballet, and gabriel's angels. This department is building up momentum and has seen an increase of 500 additional children compared with our figures at this time last fiscal year. Library services - a more than 6,000 self-help and cd collection. Mentoring services - the mentoring program is goal based and focuses on one of four tracks: education, career advancement, economic self sufficiency or micro-entrepreneurship. The program is designed to unite women in transition with female volunteer mentors who can provide accountability and follow through to goal completion. Self esteem services - professional wardrobing and personal care services and education services centered around self care.

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