WE3 (Women Empowered, Educated and Employed) is a Community Collaborative focused on helping hard-working single moms increase their earning capacity to become and remain economically secure and self-sufficient.
Goal: Increase in jobs obtained and retained for working single moms, with an increase in earnings and a plan for future savings to avoid unforseen emergencies. In the long-term, the collaborative aims to see an overall decrease in poverty rate for the target population.
Initiatives: Ensure participants complete soft skills classes to produce a good resume, practice interview skills, and learn about career options. Participants will also develop and practice a plan that assures transportation is available for classes, interviews, and employment. Local employers with available living wage jobs participate in sessions that link job openings with women with appropriate skills. To assure non-duplication of services, wrap-around case managers from partner agencies are cross-trained and work together.
Partners: Elyria Public Library | Faith House | Lorain City Schools | Lorain County Community Action Agency | Lorain County Community College | Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services | Lorain County JVS | Lorain County Urban League | Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority | Oberlin College Bonner Center for Service and Learning | Oberlin Community Services | Ohio Means Jobs Lorain County | United Way of Greater Lorain County | YWCA of Elyria