WASHINGTON (WUSA)--With programs that emphasize literacy, career development and technical skills, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is changing lives.
For the past 40 years, WOW has been helping women and men gain economic independence. The non-profit regularly hosts career workshops at Strive DC, a partner organization in Northeast Washington.
Delese Harvey, a workshop instructor, finds joy in being a part of this program. She says, "Outside of sort of the own things that I may know coming into the program, I'm learning a lot more to going to school on how to find a job and keep a job actually."
Harvey continues, "What pleases me most really is the end game. So at the end of all of our workshops we do a post test, and we see the change in knowledge, so people have a better understanding of how much it cost to live in DC, but they also have a much better understanding of what it takes to go out there and find a job and to keep a job and to make sure that that job that they're getting provides them with an economically secure wage."
Working as a receptionist, Laura Scott, a 2006 graduate remembers how her life used to be.
"I was on drugs, I had three kids and I lived in .I was not homeless but I lived here and there and once I was here, I got my life straightened, back on track, Scott says."
Scott is now off drugs, has a job and a new life. She's a positive example to new students like Glenda Thomas who's just starting her journey. Already Thomas is excited about the program.
"It showed me a lot of different ways as far as how to present myself in interviews. And things like that, so it's a positive thing for me....I love it, I love it!" Thomas says.
NOTE: The Gannett Foundation provided a donation to Wider Opportunities for Women.