Partners for Hope
JLLR, in partnership with the Hope Center, developed this program to address issues facing women transitioning from welfare to work. This non-profit organization is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of participants, enabling them to become self-sufficient members of the community. Monthly programming includes educational seminars on parenting, smoking cessation, domestic violence, dental hygiene, health screenings and wellness, budgeting and finance, job training, as well as car seat safety. Partners for Hope committee members are trained to mentor these women and help them set goals to improve their quality of life. The committee also plans family outings around the community at no cost to the women and their families. Partners for Hope provides a safe environment for women to share and realize their goals and talents. Since its inception in 1999, Partners for Hope has dedicated more than 400 volunteer hours per year and helped more than 80 women receive job training, gain new employment, earn raises and become financially independent, and even obtain college degrees.