June 2015
In This Newsletter
National Night Out & Back 2 School Fun Fest
ARC Millennial Advisory Panel Dinner Party
Combined $20,000 towards FES Programs
Verizon Wireless Gift to TCWFI Fathers
Comcast Hires TCWFI Participants
Tax Season at TCWFI
Participant Spotlight

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Wed. Jul. 01  - Financial Fitness Class; 6:00pm

Tues. Jul. 07 - Moving to Entrepreneurship Series begins; 5:30pm

Tues. Jul. 07 - New Member Orientation; 8:00am

Wed. Jul. 08 -
Healthy Relationships workshop with Planned Parenthood; 6:00pm

Sat. Jul. 11 -
Homebuyer Education class; 8:30am

SAVE THE DATE:
POVERTY SUMMIT
2015
TCWFI will present at the 2015 Poverty Summit which will include keynote speaker Donna Beegle, 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.

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 National Night Out and Back 2 School Fun Fest
Tues., August 4 
4:00pm-8:00pm 
477 Windsor Street
Parking Lot
Atlanta, GA 30312

c an be sent  to Anita Foster via email:
afoster@tcwfi.org or phone:
404-230-7129
ARC Millennial 
Advisory Dinner Party: Innovation Economy
As inheritors of the Atlanta Region, no one has more at stake than Millennials. This week, TCWFI hosted an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Millennial Advisory Dinner Party to discuss Fulton County's growing innovation economy. Given the significance of the Center's surrounding neighborhoods and their impact on Atlanta's potential for growth, it served as a central and germane location. Questions and comments reflected an inclusive and holistic forward-thinking future. Notes from the meeting were sent to ARC to be further discussed during next month's Implementation and Strategy Meeting at Google Atlanta. To observe the discussion, follow hashtags #chooseATL and #designyourATL



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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, VITA tax season campaign, employment partnerships, and other news. Read on and enjoy!   

      
TCWFI receives $10,000 awards from Fulton County and Wells Fargo
TCWFI was selected and awarded a $10,000 F.R.E.S.H. Human Services Grant from the Fulton County Human Services Department. Through a county-wide effort to promote higher qualities of life  for residents, TCWFI will use the funds to support participants matriculating through its Family Economic Success (FES) Pathway Program. Also supporting the FES Pathway,  Wells Fargo has committed $10,000 to the program to assist additional participants working towards financial stability. Wells Fargo has supported the Center's financial literacy program in the past. 
TCWFI Fathers receive Father's Day gifts from Verizon Wireless
During the week of June 15th, Verizon Wireless donated 100 bags filled with ties, socks and toiletries along with nine additional boxes including career ready clothing and shoes. The donations were prepared by Verizon employees as gifts to men engaged in TCWFI's programs and services in honor of the Father's Day holiday. After completing Verizon Employee Training, cohorts of employees gathered to present the gifts to TCWFI Training Services Program Manager, Jacqueline Drake and Workforce Development Coordinator, Andre Sims. Drake and Sims spoke to TCWFI's appreciation by highlighting the Center's work, clients' needs, and Verizon's commitment to filling the gap. As if the donations were not enough, Verizon employees generously worked together to load the gifts for departure. TCWFI began distributing the gifts during the week leading up to Father's Day, and will stockpile the Career Clothing Closet for future needs. 
Comcast Company Hires TCWFI Participants 
Comcast, a new employer partner of TCWFI hosted an onsite informational session in late April for TCWFI participants. A total of five TCWFI clients have since been employed full-time in Comcast's Sales Division. TCWFI clients will use skills they gained while enrolled in the Center's Microsoft Training to support Comcast's data and call center needs.  


 

If you would like to learn how you can employ TCWFI's talented Job Readiness Training graduates, you can contact the Development Department at phone: 404-230-7129.  

TCWFI Encourages Healthy Relationships with Wallet, Partner, and Self

TCWFI's Healthy Relationship series draws on a wide range of topics to help participants gain insight and tools that will promote self-sustainability and sufficiency. The purpose, Two Generation Coordinator, Carol Mizoguchi says, "it is important to help participants recognize the need for healthy relationships in all aspects of their life." The series is participant lead with conversations and topics that cover sustainable spending and saving, better parenting practices, healthy love lives as well as methods to developing healthier habits. Planned Parenthood and Breaking the Rut serve as partners to the series, providing tools and workshop sessions.  

 

To attend or assist with the series, contact Two Generation Coordinator, Carol Mizoguchi via email cmizoguchi@tcwfi.org or phone: 404-230-7155.

VITA Tax Season at TCWFI...
Since 2009 TCWFI has participated in Atlanta's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign, resulting in more than $9 million returned to the community in tandem with a suite of financial literacy and asset building supports. This year, TCWFI prepared over 1,500 taxes resulting in $2 million in refunds returned to the community. We are proud to be the second highest VITA site, out of more than 25 across metro-Atlanta, for the second year in a row. 
15 Entrepreneurs Graduate from Joint Micro-enterprise course 

On Tuesday, June 9th, The Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. in partnership with The Center for Working Families, Inc. graduated 15 entrepreneurs from the 2015 Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency & Moving to Entrepreneurship Programs. A great audience of friends, family, clients were there to wish the graduates good luck and prosperous business ventures! Business industries include: clothing, cleaning, catering, and consulting services. Programming was made possible with support from: The City of Atlanta - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant, The Coca-Cola Company and PNC Bank.

Participant Spotlight: Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith is a participant on TCWFI's Career Advancement track and a member of the Center's Two Generation Parent Cohort (2Gen). Prior to enrolling in the Center's training program, Michelle found it difficult to balance her schedule between two part-time jobs at Target and Kids Foot Locker. Michelle came to the Center seeking career advancement opportunities and childcare assistance.  In the past, childcare challenges impeded on Michelle's ability to work; often leaving her to decide between work and her daughter's safety and development. After months of hard-work, strong commitment, and coaching support, Michelle was promoted to Assistant Manager at Kids Foot Locker with a pay increase. Through the 2Gen Program, she also receives subsidized quality childcare provided by Sheltering Arms/Educare Atlanta and funded by Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Michelle's daughter is now three years old and just one year removed from graduating from Sheltering Arms/Educare to Dunbar Elementary, Educare's partner and feeder school. Moving forward, Michelle plans to continue to work closely with her Pathway Coach, Jabari Parker to manage her budget and build her savings as both her and her daughter prepare for new phases in their lives. 
Shoe Drive Campaign 2015

The Center's clothing closet is in desperate need of  men's shoes.  P lease consider bringing any new or gently used shoes you may have in your closets. All donations may be dropped off at any time during office hours; every donation is tax deductible and all donors will receive a tax acknowledgment letter for their in-kind contribution. For more information contact Anita Foster via email afoster@tcwfi.org or phone: 404-230-7129.