Employment, Job Related

WOMENS CIRCLE INC

  • Boynton Beach, FL
  • www.womenscircle.org

Mission Statement

To empower low-income women to realize their full potential to become all they can be and to gain financial stability by providing assistance with education and career development.

Main Programs

  1. Job Development Services Program
  2. English Language Skills (ESOL) Program
  3. Citizenship Coaching
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We serve the low-income women of Palm Beach County, Florida.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director

Self-reported

Sister Lorraine Ryan

Keywords

Self-reported

English, ESOL, Computer, Job Development, Citizenship, Sewing, Crochet

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EIN

65-1068376

 Number

1496556666

Physical Address

912 SE 4th Street

Boynton Beach, 33435

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our success can be measured by the number of women who use our services, the progress these women make as they advance through the various levels of education we offer, and by the number of successful job outcomes we help them to achieve. 

Women's Circle currently offers 35 weekly classes. Last year we served over 300 women and found jobs for 63, and helped 4 women to achieve US Citizenship. This a major achievement for anyone but particularly so for women who came to us with limited English language skills and often a complete lack of literacy even in their native tongue.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Job Development Services Program

This program is offered as part of our comprehensive three-part program covering education, job development and support. The program is aimed at providing low-income women with the skills and tools to enable them to ultimately gain employment and raise the standards of living for themselves and their families.

Our Job Development services are aimed specifically at preparing women to re-enter the workplace. We have two Job Development Coordinators, one of whom is Creole speaking, who assist their clients with all aspects of the job-seeking process from the creation of a professional resume right through to preparation for the interview process. We also assist with the ongoing provision of job leads to those clients still seeking work.

Appointments with our Job Development Coordinators are available on an as-needed basis and we also run regular Job Development Workshops covering topics such as resume preparation, interview skills and time management. In addition we offer assistance with clothing for job interviews via our 'Mary's Closet' program, whereby we collect and distribute donations of gently used clothing suitable for employment.

We also offer a number of weekly computer classes aimed at providing the skills required in the modern-day workplace, such as typing and Microsoft Word. Alongside these we offer classes in practical skills such as sewing, knitting and crochet.

We differentiate ourselves from others in the same field in a number of ways, but primarily by the holistic approach we take to our work. We aim to cater for the well-being of the whole woman, providing a safe and nurturing environment in which she is encouraged to be the best she can be. Being placed in the heart of Boynton Beach, our proximity to the women we serve allows them greater access to our services and also gives us the privilege of being a part of their community. This gives us a better understanding of their particular needs and the problems they face, and enables us to serve them more effectively. In addition, our services are provided year round, six days a week, completely free of charge and are available to any woman who needs them.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

English Language Skills (ESOL) Program

We offer a comprehensive program of English Language skills classes for speakers of other languages.We currently have 20 language skills classes being offered on a regular weekly basis.  Our facility is open for 50 weeks a year and we run classes six days a week, morning, noon and evening. All classes are offered free of charge. We are open to serving women from any ethnic group but, due to the predominantly Haitian demographic of the local community, last year’s figures show that almost 78% of women attending class were of Haitian origin.  At any one time we have over 100 women in our classes and some classes have a waiting list due to resource restraints.

 

The current classes we offer are:

·      Creole Literacy                           - 6 classesThis program teaches literacy in the students’ native language while at the same time teaching conversational English. The student population is made up of economically disadvantaged Creole speaking Haitian women, recent émigrés who have never attended school anywhere.  Our main instructor is a Haitian minister who has been teaching this class for over 9 years, using a variety of techniques and materials, with much conversational English practice. An additional instructor has also just been hired to teach three of these classes, as it is so popular that attendance has doubled to 24 in the past few months. Each class of 12 women meets three nights a week for three hours in our Center. They learn the alphabet in Creole and practice reading and writing.  As they progress, they are introduced to the English alphabet, phonics, sight words, and writing exercises.  As the students become proficient they are transitioned into an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) class and the Rosetta Stone computer lessons. 

 

•     English (ESOL)                           -  10 classesThese are ongoing classes in which students improve their command of the English language, both written and oral. Classes are differentiated by level of competency, with students being promoted as they become more proficient.

 

•     Computer Based English         -  4 classesThis program is based on the Rosetta Stone system of language education. Students require a level of proficiency in reading and computer skills before enrolling in this class.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 3

Citizenship Coaching

We provide Citizenship coaching for those women who wish to take the exam.

This program is offered alongside our ESOL program so that women who wish to become US citizens can improve their language skills at the same time as they study for the citizenship test.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

None

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We serve the low-income women of Palm Beach County, Florida.

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Funding Needs

Our major source of funding is our annual Gala fundraiser, which provides over half of our annual budget. Beyond this we rely on generous donations from individuals and foundations to support our ever-increasing program of activities. As our student numbers and class offerings increase to keep pace with demand so do our needs, and we are grateful to accept any donation no matter how small.

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WOMEN'S CIRCLE INC
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WOMENS CIRCLE INC

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Executive Director

Sister Lorraine Ryan

BIO

Sister Lorraine is the Founder of Women's Circle. She is a community health nurse who was a missionary in India for 15 years before coming to Boynton Beach to care for her aging parents. She wanted to help this community, and discovered through conducting a survey that the population of underserved women needed help to get jobs. She has a B.S. in medical research science, a B.S. in nursing, and a Masters in Public Health.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Our organization is unique in that we are more than just a school or a job agency. We believe that we cater for the well-being of the whole woman we serve, taking into account not just her need for knowledge but also for acceptance, experience and the whole circle of her being. The Women's Circle is the result of a door-to-door survey of women in the community in 1999. Overwhelmingly, the women responded that they needed jobs not handouts. For the last fifteen years the Women's Circle has been supporting them in this endeavor.  Many of our staff and board members have been involved throughout this period and an environment of care and support has developed encircling the women who use our services."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms Pernille Ostberg

Matrix Homecare

Term: 2015 -

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity