Program Components

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Women’s Bean Project offers a public way to address chronic unemployment, recidivism, welfare dependency and a host of other challenges. The social enterprise model gives Women’s Bean Project a sustainable way to achieve its mission.

Over the course of our 6-9 month program, each woman earns a steady paycheck and receives support services to overcome barriers to employment through job readiness, interpersonal and life skills needed to become self-sufficient in the workplace and community. As a result – it ushers women with significant barriers into the economic mainstream.

Stabilization/Removing Employment Barriers: Immediately after a woman is hired, a case plan is developed and access to services to meet basic needs such as housing, transportation, child care, and health care are available.

Life-Skills Classes to Enhance Employability: Weekly classes on topics such as goal setting, budgeting, and empowerment promote growth in self-confidence, self-worth and responsibility. As well as, classes such as computer training, mock interviews and job search techniques impart crucial tools needed for employment.

Fundamental Job Readiness Training: Through daily hands-on work in our food production and jewelry-making businesses, women gain the skills such as attendance, teamwork, positive attitude, conflict resolution and problem-solving that employers say they are not getting in entry-level applicants.

Individualized Supported Job Search: When performance evaluations indicate job readiness, each woman receives job search support from their mentor and staff as she transitions from the program to a career entry-level job.

Throughout the course of 6-9 months, we work with Program Participants to help them discover their capabilities, talents and interests.

As they approach the end of the program, participants will decide whether to further their education, access more training through another community nonprofit, or search for a new job.

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