August 2015
In This Newsletter
Board Announcement
New Grant from the Georgia-Pacific Foundation
HHS ACF's Mark Greenberg to visit TCWFI
Back to School Block Party
Atlanta BeltLine supports TCWFI
Participant Spotlight

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Tues. Sept. 1 - TCWFI Orientation; 8am

Wed. Aug. 26 - Healthy Relationships Workshop; 6pm

Thurs. Sept. 3 - TCWFI Member Nite;  6pm

Thurs. Sept. 10 -  TCWFI Job Fair;  9am-12pm

Sat. Sept. 12 - Homebuyers Education Course; 8am

Sept. 16-18 -  Poverty Summit

RS VP: POVERTY SUMMIT 2015
TCWFI will present at the 2015 Poverty Summit inclusive of remarks from Donna Beegle, as keynote speaker, panel discussions and workshops intended to build a deeper understanding of poverty and developing lasting solutions. The three-day summit will be hosted in Atlanta, GA  Sept. 16-18, 2015.

Reserve your seat here

 
TCWFI Member Nite
TCWFI invites all participants to join us at Member Nite on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 6pm in The Center's conference room. The topic of the evening is Entrepreneurship. The workshop's goal is to give our members the tools to build their entrepreneurial skills.



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Dear Reader, 

Exciting things are happening at TCWFI everyday and we want you to be in the know! In this review, you will learn about TCWFI's recent awards, events, employment partnerships, and other news. Read on and enjoy!   

TCWFI Announces New Members to Board of Directors

We are proud to announce the addition of four new members to our Board of Directors: (photos from left to right) J en Bennecke, President of Jenson Strategic Partners;  Stuart Andreason, Senior Community and Economic Development Advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Ashley C. Carson, Senior Vice President in Corporate Banking at Atlantic Capital Bank; and   Helen N. Parker, retired Regional Administrator for the Atlanta Region of the Employment and Training Administration. We are excited about this addition to our team and look forward to their innovation of new ideas and projects.

To read the full press release,  click here.
TCWFI Receives Grant from Georgia-Pacific Foundation
T CWFI was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Georgia-Pacific Foundation. Funds will support the advancement of The Center's Training Lab; providing upgraded SmartBoard Technology and related staff training. 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Official scheduled to visit TCWFI
On Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 TCWFI will host Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  Administration for Children and Families. TCWFI's Two Generation (2Gen) approach, a partnership with Educare Atlanta (Sheltering Arms) and The Annie E. Casey Foundation  has been identified by Greenberg and his team as a model approach to sustainable family development.  Mr. Greenberg's visit is in order to learn more about our 2Gen approach and operations. The visit is also expected to prompt conversations regarding systemic policies that both support and make the 2Gen mission possible. Greenberg will meet with organizational leaders to discuss the approach: Che D. Watkins, President & CEO at The Center for Working Families, Inc., Blythe Keeler Robinson, President & CEO at Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers, Kweku Forstall, Director at The Annie E. Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site and Leah Austin, Senior Associate at The Annie E. Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site.
The 2015 National Night Out Back to School Block Party was a hit!
 
On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 TCWFI hosted its 4th Annual Back to School Block Party in partnership with the Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) National Night Out host committee. Over 600 NPU-V residents were in attendance to enjoy a night of fun, food, music and school supply giveaways. Many influential elected officials supported the event: City of Atlanta Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd, Cleta Winslow, Carla Smith and Andre Dickens, Representative Pat Gardner and Senator Nan Orrock.  The National Night Out Back to School Block Party was a successful event indeed; TCWFI had the privilege to give out over 500 book bags to students filled with the necessary tools for educational success. The event was sponsored by Spelman College, Newell Rubbermaid, Grant Park Neighborhood Association, Concessions International and a host of individual donors. 

Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos. 
TCWFI participates in The Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go. Series Nonprofit Donation Assistance Program

The Atlanta BeltLine is continuing its Run.Walk.Go Series with two events scheduled for the fall and winter. The series allows runners to experience Atlanta neighborhoods and parks that are rich in culture such as Grant Park, Boulevard Crossing Park, Chosewood Park and the new D.H. Stanton Park.

The Atlanta BeltLine will donate $5 to TCWFI for every purchase using our code! 

If you are ready to Run.Walk.Go. register at www.beltline.org/races and be sure to use code:
CBTCWFI. We'll see you on the BeltLine! 

Participant Spotlight: Katrese Redmond

Katrese Redmond, a resident of Peoplestown was referred to the Center by her mother who completed our 20-Day Job Readiness training just months before Katrese enrolled. Katrese came to the Center challenged with finding confidence in her professional identity. Katrese worked several low-wage jobs before deciding her current opportunities were not enough--she needed more. When she enrolled in the Center's 20-Day Job Readiness training she hoped to sharpen her soft skills. During that time Katrese also committed to Atlanta Technical College's (ATC) Pharmaceutical Technical program. After completing both Job Readiness training and ATC's Pharmaceutical program, Katrese was soon hired as an Inpatient Pharmacy Technician at Grady Hospital. In working with her Pathway Coach, Amber Bell, the two co-designed her Progression Plan, setting a goal to practice healthy saving habits so that she can work toward future goals. 

Focused and determined, Katrese not only saved, she was able to open two savings accounts to help her separate savings goals. Katrese did not expect in the midst of climbing to new heights her mother would unexpectedly pass away leaving Katrese to nurture two younger siblings while also supporting her two sons, Tyrek (age 4) and Tyress (age 1). As Katrese takes on new responsibilities for her family, next fall she plans to return to school in order to work toward receiving a Registered Nurse Certification. Within the next three years, Katrese hopes to solidify employment as a Registered Nurse as well as move into a home sizable enough for herself and her four growing dependents. 

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