Community Women Against Hardship has literally has aided in changing my life. Qualifying for services was not hard. Picking 3 services that they provide was. I choose their fitness and nutrition classes which were informative and when put to use, very effective. In 8 sessions I've lost 8 pounds. Also taking Therapy sessions which has really helped me mentally get ready for the type of life I'd like to live and support has put me on a road of success I couldn' have imagine for myself and family 4 months ago. Being involved, fully participating, and being on time has put me on lone to work at a major hospital here in St. Louis. My children have more structure, happiness, and higher self esteem. Also I've gotten to experience events I never knew existed like Jazz at the Bistro, which I've really enjoyed and met lovely people. While going through hard times and at the beginning not being able to pay my utilities they also helped there. Keeping my mind focus enough to keep advocating for my son's education , who has Asperger's Autism and Epilepsy of which they've been supportive in advice in that situation which has had a very positive outcome. Now I'm looking forward to the walk a thon that's being held on May 7th. CWAH has helped my family's emotional, spiritual, financial, artistic, educational, and social needs. I couldn't ask for a better organization (family) to belong to.
My children and I joined a summer program of CWAH. My children loved the program and at the end of the program we went on a trip to Atlanta Georgia last summer. My family was in awe when we went into the Altanta's aquarium. It was so beautiful and my children and I learned a great deal from the trip. We were able to touch stringrays, learned about sharks, jellfish and the coral reef.
We also went to Spellman College and Morehouse. It was the first time my children were on a college campus. The trip exposure my children to so much we all are better because of the exposure.
I received a phone call from a lady who told me I was selected to be a family of CWAH. She told me her organization would give a hand up to help me. The day she called was the day after my gas was cut off and I had received a final electric bill. I was also wondering how I can make Christmas different from the last few years.
I actually was very skeptic when she called. Who would volunteer to help a total stranger. I was hoping she was telling the truth. I soon found out she was. The first thing she did was have me call this agency who helped get my gas back on and pay down my elctric bill.