Hello, my name is Katie. My journey to Women’s Bean Project started at the moment of my conception. As I know it, my mother attended a New Year’s Eve party when she was 16. In her words, she was raped and months later learned she was pregnant. I was conceived by an act of violation and born into a family of untreated mental illness. As
I was at home raising our four school-age children, with no prior work history or a GED. We were on the TANF program for temporary assistance.
One of our most recent program participants, Nancy, proudly graduated today from Women’s Bean Project. Today was not the only big accomplishment for Nancy. She will be starting a new chapter in her life at her new job, along with a bright new smile. Before Nancy came to the Bean, finding a job was starting to get really difficult for her. She had been out of