I am so very impressed by Community Women Against Hardship and the services that they provide to the community--helping families struggling with poverty issues learn to become more self sufficient. In addition to helping the parents, they also help the children learn of a better life. From the transitional housing program, which helps people on the path to home ownership, to the after-school and Jazz programs, CWAH teaches families that hard-work is the key to success and that they are respected and valued.
This is a great orgainzation who impacts low income families. I have seen this orgainzation help give shelter, clothing, food and education to families in need. They have such wonderful programs such as GED mentoring, Group counseling, classses to teach children how to play jazz with different instruments. They teach nutrtional programs to help with obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The group have some fantastic consultants who work with these families for at least a year.
This orgainzation has a wonderful transitional housing program as well. It is a 2 year program which prepares people to become home owners. It shows people how to save money how to deal with their credit scores. It teaches them on how to deal with financial institutions. It teaches them to live by a bugdet.
This orgainzation tries to give a" hand up" to people to help them become more self sufficient. The organization is a resource broker for area families. It is a group who does" make a difference in people's lives"!!!!!!!
Although I am a relatively new Board Member of Community Against Hardship (CWAH), I have been aware of and associated with the organization in varying capacity for over 10 years. I have seen this organization grow into a critical provider of Family Support and Services within the St Louis Region and project the image that is typically reserved for the national and international presence. When my life took a turn and I was looking for a place to “belong”, it was without hesitation that CWAH became that place; a place where I can help and at times just as important “learn” from others experiences and circumstances. Gloria Taylor’s ability to smile and bring smile to others regardless of the situation is a true testament to “finding your passion” and success will follow. With very little she has been able to help and positively impact so many. My day to day role as VP with Wells Fargo Advisors provides opportunities for me to sharpen my skills. My role at CWAH allows me to utilize those skills beyond the corporate arena and visualize immediate results. I am honored to be associated with such an elite team who continually strive to provide the ultimate best in a desperate society.
I have been a part of Community Women Against Hardship (CWAH) for sixteen years. The organization has assisted me during a very difficult time in my life. I was a Battered wife and recently divorced with three young children. The case managers and CEO of CWAH reached out to my family and our life has never been the same. During the sixteen years of service and friendship, I have volunteered in several capacities, educated and adopted families. During my service of giving back to the community, I have obtained a dual Associates’ Degree, Bachelors of Arts, two Masters Degrees and in pursuit of my PH.D in Educational Leadership. I am proud to be a part of (CWAH), if the organization had not crossed my families’ path during the critical time of my life I do not know how far and to what extent I would have grown (excelled). If any organization deserves to be praised for the service that is renderd, it’s CWAH.
I have personally worked with several different families over the years to help each family to become more self sufficent. We have helped people make the transition from renting to owning their own homes. This orgainzation provides a number of services which include GED Program, Health and Wellness classes, Computer classes and has an oustanding youth Jazz class for studying and playing all types of jazz. This orgainzation does a great job with taking the entire family unit on a educational trips outside of St. Louis arena for example, the families went to the Clinton Library last summer. In the past they have been to president Lincoln's Library in Springfield Illinois, Altanta Georgia(Spellman College, Moorehouse and Clark University), They been to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. They been to the stock market just to name a few This orgainzation helps expose families to places they have had a siginficant impact on the history of our country.
I first learned about this organization when I was interviewing the Executive Director, Ms. Gloria Taylor, as part of my CORO Women in Leadership class. I was so impressed by Ms. Taylor's dedication to the goal of empowering women to succeed--for themselves and their families--that I wanted to get more involved. Ms. Taylor asked me to be on the Board and I was honored to be invited to be a part of such a wonderful group of Board members.
I have been a board member for several years and a volunteer for over 10 and I cannot say enough about this organization. Their hands-on-approach, guided by faith is an inspiration to all involved. Please consider CWAH when you are looking to give, whether monetary or in-kind. No act of kindness, no matter the size is ever wasted.
This wonderful organization is headed by Ms. Gloria Taylor. Ms. Taylor and her staff go the extra mile when garnering resources to keep CWAH up and running. Children receive tutoring, have access to a computer lab and attend field experiences. The building houses a boutique for women seeking to get in the workforce to find proper attire. This organization is also an umbrella for The Advancement of Jazz Study and Performance, in which students are exposed to and taught jazz history and performance which culminates into a recital open to the public. Ms. Taylor is a wonderful human spirit, and her gift of giving needs full recognition. Sponsorship is truly needed to allow CWAH to continue giving back to the community.