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NEW DIRECTIONS CAREER CENTER
August 12, 2010

In November I called New Directions Career Center for help in my life. I was depressed, alone, feeling worthless, out-of-money, frustrated, bitter, angry and full of resentment as I was loosing my apartment and everything that went with personal freedom. I was placed into a 4 week class that would supposedly teach me how to reorganize my life, learn new ways of thinking and embracing the world. Well, what I got was far more than money could have bought. I was able to participate in this program for free because of my income. Little did I know that the emotional pain I came with would be lifted; the financial distress would be bridged; my physical torment woudl be conquered; and my spiritual life which was disorganized would become my greatest strength. I love this program and feel that this program should be in the top 100 training programs nationwide. I have 2.5 years of my PhD program done, a M.A. in Language, Literacy & Culture and a B.A. in African American Studies. Throughout all of my educational experiences this was the richest, most gratifying and personally rewarding journeys I have ever experienced. I found myself, my inner strength and have been able to reprioritize my life in a way that I cannot even begin to say. This program heighten my barriers so I could ovrcome them. It wrapped my emotions into a envelope complete with letting go of my assertiveness. It enabled me to explore skills that I had put into the deepest parts of my mind. It renewed my inner spirit and gave me tools in which to become a healthy individual. Seven months later I have interviewed people in the field of grant writing to explore the local needs and criteria and have now begun writing over 100,000 in grants for a local church. I am receiving on the job training (while being paid through a senior employment center) to learn three computer programs that I need to be marketable. I have begun to develop my Facebook page. I have read books that I never would have to learn how to deal with the present moment, and how to let go of the tragedy, pain and resentment that I had been carrying around for 17 years. I smile, laugh, cry with joy, and beem with levels of excitement that say more than words will ever say. I have even learned to love my mother and for that to happen was awesome. I owe a great deal to this organization for showing me that I needed to believe in myself. FOr all those of you who have disposable income and really want to impact the life of a woman over 50 in an immeasurable way - donate to this organization and change the life of a woman forever. To my donor - whom I have never met, you are the greatest, because without knowing me, but in your belief for this program, I thank you from the bottom of my heart - because if you hadn't cared enough to donate I wouldn't be looking to buy land and build an Art Therapy school in my new hometown. Bridging the unemployment scenario when you are on a cane is hard, when your hair is gray, when your smile is not showing, when you self-esteem is gone. But with a program such as this - new live's, new journeys, new hopes can be built in a way that change and alter the life of a woman forever. Thank you to the team of women who patiently work with us and give us their undivided attention so that we can succeed again. I am forever grateful for their dedication and belief in those of us who have fallen - but can be reborn through New Directions. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Gayle Wanamaker

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lpersonal growth and development skills that have enabled me to become a better communicator, a better mother, and a better person. I am attracting people in my life because of my personality for the first time. I love being me.

Ways to make it better...

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

want them to be located in my new hometown. I miss being able to just make an appointment and walk in. I am now three hours away, but in all honesty I have stayed in contact with them by e-mail and phone and am always pleased that they take time to talk.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I can accomplish my goals and be what God really intended for me to be.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

remarkable, unselfish, endearing and embracing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

branch out and I would want to volunteer at one of their locations. They could help dress, make-up, and provide the books that I searched out at the library to find and read.

Ways to make it better...

I had totally been able to show up mentally prepared for what I was about to experience. With moving and packing I was sometimes tired - but showed up anyway.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fianancial support from men and women and organizations who don't understand the real impact that this organization offers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can't begin to say thank you enough for how you enabled me to revisit my life in a productive way so that I could still earn retirement, enjoy life and live as a viable part of my community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Ishowed up to take a four week class that would help me to bridge my employment journey.