Making Connections with Women Helping Women

§ October 28th, 2013 § Filed under Programs, Volunteers, Women Helping Women § No Comments

Women Helping Women provides mentoring, empowerment workshops and a yards & gardens program for the women and families in Second Step Housing’s Transitional Housing program. Led by Martha Brett, Women Helping Women Program Manager, mentors, mentees, volunteers and staff get together a few times a year to make connections, socialize, learn a new skill, or give back to the community. The empowerment workshops help to increase competences, confidence and self-esteem in a supportive, safe environment for the women served by Second Step Housing.

Looking back…

During the summer, mentors, mentees and residents met at Fort Vancouver for dinner followed by an evening stroll along the river. Judy Leonard and Kerry Furimsky, Second Step Housing volunteers and mentors, hosted this Italian themed event. Delicious food and desserts were served followed by a friendly water balloon competition. The winners received beautiful flowers in a clay pot. The fun continued with a water balloon fight and a walk through Fort Vancouver gardens and onto the Land bridge for a view of the sun setting over the Columbia River.

 

 

 

 

 

In September, long-time volunteers and mentors, Jean Webb and Kitty Tedrick, hosted a lovely lunch and lively Bunco party for the second time this year. Mentors, mentees, staff and residents enjoyed a hearty beef stew provided by Jean and fresh apple pie and apple nectarine cobbler compliments of Rhonda Ledbetter, Second Step Housing volunteer.  The Bunco game was highly competitive with fun prizes for the winners.  Reviews from the participants indicated that everyone had a rip roaring good time!


 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who participated in and contributed to these workshops! Stay tuned for news of some of the exciting empowerment workshops taking place at Second Step Housing over the next couple of months.

If you are interested in finding out more about Women Helping Women, contact Martha Brett at mbrett@secondstephousing.org .

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