SECOM Success Stories
In January, thanks to a grant from Fountain Street Church's Social Justice Committee, SECOM started a pilot program called Empower Neighbors. This program gives Neighbors like Sarah the opportunity to address barriers and set and work toward personally-identified goals.
Sarah had the following to say about her experience participating in Empower Neighbors:
I know this sounds a little dramatic but the Empower Neighbors Program was life-saving! Literally. I had a just been diagnosed for a second time with thyroid cancer, lost my job, been a victim of sexual harassment, and moved into a house that was falling apart. All while trying to support my two daughters. I had lost hope. This program has been my accountability partner and helped me find resources that we needed. In the few short months that I have been involved, I really have felt empowered to write the next chapter of my story and continue on my healing journey. I was in rough shape when you met me. Giving me counselors numbers, helping me remember what my strengths are, and reminding me that the sun will come out again--all of that gave me the strength to wake up every day and tackle something new. The Empower Neighbors Program and Denielle have made a huge difference in my life. I am so grateful for being a part of this program.
I recently attended a Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) Start Smart business class which gave me some important building blocks for starting my own business. I now have a better understanding of what elements go into starting a successful business and the importance of planning out my business model canvas and understanding my SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats). Empower Neighbors has sponsored me while I have been taking the classes. I have a lot more confidence in myself and in my future. I would like to show my girls that anything is possible including starting your own rewarding business. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the people who have sponsored this program. You are making a real difference in my life.
For more information about Empower Neighbors contact Denielle by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 452-7684.