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WomenRising is the foremost community based organization for women in Hudson County. Governed and managed by women, WomenRising assists women and their families to achieve self sufficiency and live safe, fulfilling and productive lives, through social services, economic development and advocacy services.
WomenRising seeks to ensure that economically poor families' critical need for affordable housing is addressed by maintaining a close, supportive relationship with its subsidiary, Fairmount Housing & Management Corp.
Goals and Outcomes
Women acquire the individual awareness, self-esteem and skills necessary to gain control over their own lives.
Women participate in meaningful and appropriate education and training activities, gaining confidence in their ability to succeed in becoming economically independent.
Incidences of child abuse and neglect and related family break-up decrease significantly.
The community learns about the real causes and effects of poverty on women's ability to gain independence and self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. Public policy changes develop.
More women are able to escape from violent domestic situations successfully and more quickly then ever before.
More very low-income people are able to participate in the local economy because of activities which:
- Influence local industries to expand employment opportunities;
- facilitate people's entry into the workforce and provide support for people through the early states of employment
- lead to the development of entrepreneurial competence.
Low and moderate-income families have access to safe, affordable, high quality education programs for their children. In a variety of settings, children from infancy through high school become more resilient, confident, independent and eager to learn.
Women with substance abuse addictions prevail in their struggle to build and maintain healthy families and achieve personal self-sufficiency.
More low and moderate-income families have access to affordable housing which achieves the foremost standards of quality, affordability and community involvement.
WomenRising is committed to serving people in a respectful, timely and thorough manner.
Ways of Working Together
WomenRising is well managed, financially sound, fiscally responsible and is well resourced including, adequate and appropriate core information, support services, space, computer equipment and telephone system.
Staff are uniquely dedicated, and many have longevity. We are engaged in a continuous process of renewal and development, including regular assessment, increasing problem-solving skills, a commitment to learn from our experience and to resource ourselves.
The staff are partners in serving clients and in shaping an organizational community that is humane, productive, participatory, diverse, empowering and trusting.
WomenRising is committed to building the non-profit sector through advocacy, collaboration and mentoring other agencies, and by participating fully in local and statewide coalitions.
New Directions & Explorations
We will conduct research about and define our role in the creation of more opportunities for communities, women and families to gain wealth and build assets through advocacy and program development and implementation, including entrepreneurship, savings and investment and home-ownership programs.
WomenRising will assertively seek to identify a core population within its own and FHC's current client base and will explore with these identified women and families the extent to which they are currently using the existing services of WomenRising and FHC; how they could benefit from increased access to existing services; how they could become more involved in helping to define mission, goals and program development for WomenRising and FHC.
We will actively pursue opportunities to create partnerships between WomenRising and FHC. Accordingly, we will explore opportunities for new forms of housing that contributes to the formation of supportive communities for women and families being mindful of opportunities to capitalize on and contribute to existing community building initiatives.
- Andrea Koenig-Feldman
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