Trina Kennedy is one of 370,000 women who navigate the poverty line in Washington State. Thanks to your commitment to women and girls, Trina has found her way to a more solid place for herself and her family.
For women like Trina, balancing caregiving and breadwinning is a challenge compounded by systemic barriers. To better equip women to overcome this challenge, Women’s Funding Alliance has launched Thrive: An Economic Opportunity Initiative.Our Thrive Initiative harnesses the power of our research, grant-making and advocacy to improve long-term financial security for Trina and thousands more women statewide.
As a Thrive Initiative grant recipient, The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has been integral in changing the course of Trina’s future. Through Urban League’s new Career Bridge program for women, Trina found the immediate help she needed along with the opportunity to move toward a more stable future.
Trina came to Career Bridge after a set of unforeseen circumstances derailed her goals for financial security. She had plans to finish her nursing degree, but as a single-mom raising three young girls those plans were put on hold. She was working two jobs while living in a local women’s shelter when a friend encouraged her to enroll in Career Bridge.
Career Bridge is a model for a holistic, gender-focused approach. Their six-week program is designed to provide low-income women of color with the skills training, education and wrap-around services they need under one roof. Pamela Banks, Urban League’s president and CEO, credits the program’s success to this holistic approach.
“We give [women] the supports they need to succeed…This isn’t about a handout, it’s about a hand up,” Pamela said.
Thanks to your support, Trina and other Career Bridge participants have access to skills training and education along with individual case management, childcare and other critical services.
Since graduating from the program in 2015, Trina has acquired a full-time job as the Administrative Assistant for the Urban League. She also has long-term housing and the wrap-around supports she needs for herself and her family.
With her sights set on a bright future, Trina has a new plan and the tools she needs to make it happen.