Exchange Member, The Women's Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, Celebrates LifeWork Project Participants' Graduation
In June 2016, Economic Mobility ExchangeTM member the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts celebrated participants of the organization’s LifeWork Project, each of whom had earned either their associate degree or a certificate from Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.
The LifeWork Project began as a three-year pilot based on EMPath’s Career Family Opportunity (CFO) program and uses the Mobility Mentoring® model and Bridge to Self-Sufficiency®. Since the start of the LifeWork Project, almost half of participants have earned an associate degree and a third of those have continued on to four-year programs. At the end of Year 2, 76% of the women were employed, up from 36% at program entry, and all women have stable housing and health insurance. The success of the pilot has led to the extension of the LifeWork Project into a five-year program.
The ceremony included remarks from several LifeWork graduates, Bristol Community College President Jack Sbrega and a keynote speech by EMPath CFO alumna Ines*. In her speech, Ines shared her story and successes as a participant in EMPath’s CFO program with the graduates and congratulated them on their immense accomplishments.
“You have succeeded. By overcoming obstacles and achieving success we show our children that we can do anything when we work hard.” -Ines, an EMPath CFO alumna
“As we all experience challenges and barriers while working on our goals, we are all determined to strive for more and to succeed,” she said. “That’s why you are standing here tonight; you have succeeded. By overcoming obstacles and achieving success we show our children that we can do anything when we work hard.
“Accomplishing these achievements motivates us to continue setting and reaching other goals in the future. The tools, knowledge and networks we have gained from these programs will stay with us forever. They will continue to help us as we strive to accomplish even more.”