job readiness


I am Women’s Bean Project: Aminah Part-Two

Two years ago, I was a participant at Women’s Bean Project. It was one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever gone through. For many years prior to the program, I lived a crazy life. I came from an intact home, with great parents and awesome grandparents. I attended Catholic school and graduated from East High. I went to college and eventually worked in

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

I never grew up knowing someone who served time in jail or prison. I only knew of my healthy family, which gave me endless support to follow my dreams. I lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, in a safe neighborhood where children could ride their bikes past dark and not have to worry. Now, I know multiple women who have been incarcerated. I know women who

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Second Chances

In 2010, Chaka lost her mother and fell into a deep depression. While working in home healthcare, Chaka made a horrible choice that cost her job and heartache among her family and children. Nobody would hire her for more than two years, until one day when she got a call from Women’s Bean Project. Meet Elizabeth, who had no positive role models growing up

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Graduates find new reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day. A time to reflect about your mom and the things you love about her. For women just graduating from Women’s Bean Project, this Mother’s Day looks different from prior years. “Women’s Bean Project has changed my perception on what I can do with my future. While my children have seen me struggle, they are proud of what I have accomplished,” says Brenda,

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My Dream for the Future of Women’s Bean Project

What did you dream of when you were 25? What did you imagine for your life? What were the possibilities of your future? At 25 we all dreamed of the promise of our futures. Most of us had no idea how things would turn out. I know none of the women who come to the Women’s Bean Project dreamed of addiction or incarceration for

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25 Years of Changing Women’s Lives – A Word from our CEO

2014 marks Women’s Bean Project’s 25th anniversary. A lot has changed since 1989 when Jossy Eyre first imagined a safe and accepting work environment for women, bought $500 of beans and put two women to work making Toni’s 10 Bean Soup.   Much has changed since the Bean Project was founded: The work world has changed. In 1989 only 40 percent of all female workers

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Ensuring Change Sticks for Rissi

Rissi, 2013-14 Program Participant Meet Rissi.  With a life that was very erratic and without direction, Rissi is eager to break old habits and make a better future for herself. A Western Slope native, this 34 year-old mother of 3 boys transplanted to Denver through community corrections. Scared and in unfamiliar surroundings, Rissi struggled with the changes but knew that staying in old habits

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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day with Inner Beauty

Real Beauty “starts with being beautiful on the inside.” In celebration of Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, Women’s Bean Project has teamed up with Colorado-based, natural skin care company MyChelle Dermaceuticals.  MyChelle’s vision for changing women (and girls) lives by inspiring, encouraging and empowering them in their pursuit of personal definition of true beauty and to live their best, fits right in line with Women’s

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Ensuring Change Sticks for Vonnie

Vonnie, 2013-14 Program Participant Meet Vonnie.  Her desire to be a better role model to her daughter lead her to the Bean Project.  Since beginning work at the Bean on July 22nd, Vonnie is inspired to dream about her future, but it took a lot for this 40 year old to get here.  Just as most of the women at the Bean, Vonnie has

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Ensuring Change Sticks 5-Week Campaign

2013-14 Program Participants: Diem, Vonnie, Rissi, Troylynn, Shana, Nell, Aila, Michelle, Dada, Ivory When a woman thrives, we all gain. For 24 years, Women’s Bean Project has been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.  Through the Bean Project’s carefully honed transitional employment program, participants receive immediate income and learn job readiness skills, while being mentored and encouraged in ways that increase

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