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Safespace Foundation Launches Its Women’s Empowerment Program With Support From Verizon Foundation

Empowerment programs that provide women with options for a new life launches March 2 at Safespace Shelters. The Safespace Foundation embarks on a mission to uplift domestic abuse survivors through a new empowerment program

 
PRLog - Feb. 24, 2013 - PLANTATION, Fla. -- Miami, FL. – Safespace Foundation Inc, the advisory board to the Department of Human Services, Advocates for Victims Program, that serves the women and children of Miami-Dade county’s Safespace domestic violence shelters, launches an all encompassing series of Women’s Empowerment Workshops. These workshops are designed to instill confidence and help facilitate the skills sets needed to enter the job market and provide for their families.

The 2013 Women’s Empowerment Series, which is made possible through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, commences on March 2nd and features a series of 8 workshops covering topics designed to increase self-esteem and build healthy interpersonal relationships, develop successful goal setting techniques, educate and understand financial planning that leads to financial independence, instruct them how to write a resume and hone their job search skills. The technical component teaches clients computer literacy skills as well as addressing the skills sets needed to complete online searches and to navigate their way through other relevant Internet applications and programs. The workshop wraps in weeks seven and eight with a dress for success workshop and an interviewing and professionalism class designed to help the clients win the job interviews for their ideal job choice or better yet, be the stepping stone towards their chosen career path. Week nine is a graduation commencement ceremony. The Women’s Empowerment Program is designed to launch participants on the road to total self-reliance and independence; all program activities will take place at the Safespace Women’s Empowerment Center located on shelter grounds.

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live.

“Verizon is pleased to support this important effort by Safespace to serve victims of domestic violence and empower them to improve their lives,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless.

Our empowerment program strives to instill lifelong skill sets in our clients. These new skills create a new found independence, develops the self reliance and the confidence needed to help prevent clients from re-entering other  violent and abusive relationships, said Executive Director Albertha Rutledge.

We are very pleased with the curriculum Ms. Rutledge has put together for the 2013 calendar. Classes begin on March 2nd and will be attended by residents of Safespace North Shelter, In Transitional Housing and clients served by other branches of the Miami-Dade County Advocates for Victims Program. Everyone is quite excited and ready for classes to commence, said Jeannette Garofalo, President, Safespace Foundation Inc. There is a welcome air of anticipation about and we expect great results for our clients, she added.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500.  For more information, visit http://www22.verizon.com.  

About Safespace Foundation
The Safespace Foundation is the advisory board to the Dept of Human Service's Advocates for Victims Programs that includes the Safespace North and South Shelters, Inn Transition North and South and the Victims Assistance Program, an outreach component. Their services include: safe housing, emergency financial assistance as well as information and referrals for individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence. Other programs offered through the shelter include job training, financial counseling, resume writing and development of life planning and independent living skills. We work with a variety of civic and community groups, local government, private donors, businesses, service clubs and other groups who are interested in eradicating domestic violence. To learn more about The SafeSpace Foundation visit: www.safespacefoundation.org

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