The SOFEI Group, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 137 National Plaza Suite 300 Oxon Hill MD 20745 USA

Mission: To empower women of the Washington region to economic independence through education, training, and development.
Results: Provided Microsoft Office Specialist certification training to single mothers which resulted in gainful employment in livable-wage careers.
Target demographics: low-income women gain economic independence and stability.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Goal per year are 40 MOS Certification trainees and 10 girls of foster care.
Geographic areas served: Washington region
Programs: Microsoft Office Specialist certification and exams and grants through our Ambassadors for Economic Independence giving circle.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

For more than nine years the SOFEI Group has provided the neediest patients of our dialysis clinic with food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmastime. We have been truly blessed by this partnership. Those patients without family and without adequate financial resources, typically feel abandoned and isolated at holiday time. When they learn that they have been selected to receive a holiday food basket, their faces light up. At times, the receipt of a basket enables one of our needy patients to invite a grandchild or a friend to join them for holiday dinner. Instead of being a recipient, the patient actually becomes a giver and has a renewed sense of purpose and dignity to their life. Projects such as these make the SOFEI Group a tremendous asset to the community. Not only are they a force for empowerment of economically disadvantaged women, they give a great deal back to the community. We are truly grateful to them.

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observing the positive effect these gifts have had on our patients.

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help publiicize its existence; so many women could benefit from their services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The services provided by the SOFEI Group are those needed most in low-income communities throughout Maryland. Mrs. Avens through her own life experiences knows first hand the impact economic instability can have on one's life. She also knows the pathway from economic instability to economic stablity. Thus, the SOFEI Group empowers people through the many services provided to began the journey to a more stable life. The Group is a great encouragement to many and have personally enriched my life over the years.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization through events they have hosted. The opportunity to network with women of diverse backgrounds and similiar stories is very uplifting and inspiring. We all walk away with our lifes more enriched and more enpowered to know that whatever we may be facing in life someone had already overcome and through perservance and a new path to economical stability we can too.

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Ensure that services and training are accessible by multiple means to provide the community options to obtain them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a chance to meet and greet women that had been homeless and now they have gone to school, college and have gotten a job are in the working world raising children and taking care of their love ones. One young lady was homeless on public assistance went to college got a job now she have her own day care business and helping other women.
Another young lady was the first in her family to get off of public assistance and graduate from high school get a job and raise her children and taking care of an ill mother.
Just listing to these women encouging other women to move on in their lives getting education, getting jobs and helping some other women to move on. We need more funding to help aid these women and children to live more productive life in society.

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seeing the work with women in the homeless shelter. Learning them how to write a check, dress for a job, seek help from families members who care, encourage them to go to school, learn how to ride a bus until you can afford a car. Even teach them about God in bible study and every day living. This is a awesome experience and every one need to be able to live a productive life. This organization have done and are during a great job reaching out to every one they can.

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To get more help for fundraisers so many more person can benefit from this program of this sort.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The SOFEI Group is a great organization! I have attended several events hosted by this group. The SOFEI Group not only provides devolpmental skills for the work place, but they also provide skills in obtaining self confidence as well as self motovation. This group provides a different view to attack obstacles in life for single parents. The SOFEI Group gives encouragement for security and stabilbilty within the home starting with self, self-improvement. Basically the SOFEI Group sets out to enrich the lives of others and that's exactly what they do! I am truely thankful to Mrs. Avens for reaching out to strengthen our communities by empowering the lives of the people!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the latest workshop " How to Create & Launch a Great Career" , and several other workshops as well.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would have a central location open to the public with advertisment so that the public will know what the SOFEI Group does and be able to take advantage of their services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with the Sofei Group has been very positive and powerful. It allows women and men the opportunity to become empowered and with empowerment comes change. I have attended several events sponsored by this group and will continue to support this organization.

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I have experienced the results of this organization dedication through the eyes of a once homeless women into a hopeful and working women.

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The one change that needs to be made by this group is a move of it's headquarters to a thriving and work friendly Virginia.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has a positive and infectious effect on anyone seeking to develop a working skill set. This is the best mentoring, educational, confidence building and spiritually loving organization to be involved in. I've known this organization for many years and the inspired young people who come through this organization have definitely had an opportunity to excel. Keep up the good work!

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when I became engaged with the founders passion to raise funds to meet the needs of low income women and girls.

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I would encourage the organization to hold more events to expand their reach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I consistently donate to this organization because I believe in what's being done to build our self esteem, careers, families and communities. When this organization touch you individually it creates a rippled effect that will continue on thru your family, job and community. It will and can definately get you where you want to be in life with a positive outlook on any situation.

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I personnally experienced the results of this organization in my own family with my daughter. The organization helped build her self esteem and confidence in who she is. She is now attending some of their seminars and training sessions.

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I would make it more marketable for others to know who they are and what they stand for.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ms. Avens and her organization has empowered many women to strive for excellence. I would like to see more organizations like hers who have a desire to help others.

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This organization has come out and shared their resources with the patients that I serve.

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Have more of this type of organizations available.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen first hand the unwavering commitment that the organization has to the women in the community. The organization plays an integral role in the maintenance and stability of many households and families in the community.

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the confidence and skills of its participants

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure that the organization is properly funded to ensure it existence for years to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The SOFEI Group is an important organization for women, and all other individuals. This non-profit organization teaches women useful skills so they are self-sufficient and not relying on other sources for support.

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I was a participant at the AFEI women's award ceremony.

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I would create banners or advertise the SOFEI group on highway bill boards.

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