poverty


When it’s time to change: A word from our CEO

Twenty-seven years ago, Women’s Bean Project was founded with a simple idea: that teaching women to work while actually working was the cure for poverty. The reaction from our community when we started was interest in the novelty of what we were doing, but little belief we could make much of it. In the beginning, we were a mission that happened to have a

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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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My WBP Story – Nancy

This is Nancy and thanks to you, her future is bright. We love to see how your support has changed the lives of the women we serve and helped create new futures – for themselves, their families, their communities and our economy. Nancy, one of our 2013 graduates stopped by the Bean Project recently to say hello and share how happy she is and

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My WBP Story – Rita

Before starting at the Bean Project, I felt lonely because I didn’t know anyone in Colorado. I moved to Colorado from California because I wanted a better environment for my two girls. I struggled with depression and anxiety and didn’t have a job so I started job searching and heard about Women’s Bean Project and applied. Before coming to the Bean Project, I had never worked alongside

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My WBP Story – Jolene

  I must admit that I had a lot of hesitation before coming to Women’s Bean Project because I originally thought this program had something to do with the halfway house I live in, and I  didn’t want anything to do with it.  After finding out that the Bean Project offered job skills and life skills that would help me, I decided to apply for a

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My WBP Story – Charice

The next few months at the Bean Project comprise the Individualized Job Placement phase, which are crucial to each woman’s successful transition into the community and long-term self-sufficiency. From basic computer classes to create a foundation for online job searches, to individualized guidance on resume writing, to building confidence with her communication skills through mock interviews, the focus of this phase is to ensure

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My WBP Story – Theresita

Theresita is a current program participant at Women’s Bean Project and is on the path to self-sufficiency and creating a brighter future for herself, her family and our community. Q: Tell us about what was happening in your life before you came to Women’s Bean Project? A:  I was divorced, homeless, and was mentally and physically broken down and didn’t know where to turn.  I heard that the

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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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A Smile Says a Thousand Words – Nancy’s Smile for Success

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

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Civic Entrepreneur Hiring the Unhirable

CEO, visionary, and civic entrepreneur, Tamra Ryan TEDxMileHigh exists to spread big ideas and elevate inspired citizenship in Colorado. It is a community of thinkers and doers, ideators and creators, activists and enthusiasts. TEDxMileHigh showcases innovative Coloradans, no matter the sector, who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas.  This diverse group of thought leaders and innovators educate, inspire,

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