April 2015
In This Newsletter
Poverty Summit
Back 2 School Fun Fest
$20,000 towards Workforce Programs
April 15 Tax Deadline
TCWFI Hosts Comcast
Participant Spotlight
TCWFI Wishlist

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Apr. 15 - Financial Fitness Class; 6:00pm

Apr. 15 - Last day to get your taxes filed at TCWFI!

Apr. 23 - Comcast Employment Informational; TCWFI; 10:00am 

Apr. 29 Healthy Relationships workshop with Planned Parenthood; 6:00pm

May 2 -  Homebuyer Education class; 8:30am

SAVE THE DATE:
POVERTY SUMMIT
2015
TCWFI will present at the 2015 Poverty Summit which will include panel discussions and workshops intended to build a deeper understanding of poverty and develop lasting solutions. The three-day summit will be hosted in Atlanta, GA  Sept. 16-18, 2015.

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 TCWFI BACK 2 SCHOOL FUN FEST
Saturday, August 1
9:30am-2:30pm 
TCWFI
477 Windsor Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

c an be sent  to Anita Foster via email:
afoster@tcwfi.org or phone:
404-230-7129
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Dear Friend, 

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 annual fundraiser breakfast, VITA  tax  season campaign and other news. So read on and enjoy!  

Annual Fundraiser Breakfast: Time to Make the Doughnuts
On March 25th, 2015, TCWFI  hosted its second annual breakfast fundraiser at The Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta. Erin Coleman of WSB-TV served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Board Chair, Talley Wells of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society kicked off the event, inviting TCWFI President & CEO, Che Watkins to set the tone for the event with a mission statement and charge for the audience of over 160 guests to seek out their own active engagement on behalf of families. Three TCWFI program alumni, Ryan Wiggins, Danina Battle and Mayowa Ojemuyiwa shared their journey and experiences through various TCWFI programs and services and in doing so, highlighted the importance and for holistic workforce development programs. Each participant's su ccess story reinforced the impact of unemployment on families and communities, and showcased the  resilience and grit that often goes undervalued.  Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. and Grady Health System received distinguished Impact and Champion awards for their support and generosity.  Board Member and Development Committee Chair, Rebecca Wallace shared her personal "Why I Give" story and charged all attendees to join in supporting. In response to the staggering statistic that 37% of families in NPU-V live in poverty, the audience and event raised over $20,000 to support the Center's programs!
Deadline to File your Taxes: April 15th; Let TCWFI help!
Since 2009 TCWFI has participated in United Way of Greater 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.  In 2014, TCWFI was the second highest VITA site in Atlanta, preparing more than 1,000 returns for residents, free of charge. If you earned $53,000 or less in 2014, let our team help remove the stress of tax filing. Call 404-223-3303 to make an appointment today.
TCWFI Hosts Comcast Company for Info Session 

Comcast, a new partner, will be at TCWFI on Thurs, Apr 23, 2015 from 10:00am to 12:30pm for a presentation on employment opportunities with Comcast and successful application submission techniques. 

 

If you would like to learn how you can employ TCWFI's talented Job Readiness Training graduates, you can contact Workforce Development Coordinator, Andre Sims via email asims@tcwfi.org or phone: 404-230-7122.  

TCWFI President & CEO to sit on Junior League of Atlanta's Leadership Panel

On May 1st, the Junior League of Atlanta is hosting its inaugural women's nonprofit leadership forum. This event is an opportunity for women in Atlanta interested in service to connect for a day of networking and inspiration. TCWFI President and CEO, Che D. Watkins will join the event as a panelist on the Getting Your Foot in the Door panel. Fellow speakers and panelists will share their tips and suggestions for getting started as a nonprofit employee or in board service. The event will be hosted at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church from 7:30am to 11:30am.

Participant Spotlight: Radalius Ryan 
Radalius Ryan, a native of Atlanta never saw himself where he ultimately ended up: homeless and jobless. After years of struggling to find stable employment, a neighborhood friend referred Radalius to The Center for Working Families. In February of this year, Radalius enrolled and fully invested in our 20 Day Job Readiness Training program. In just a little over one month after completing training, Radalius was on the market again, seeking employment with, as Radalius would describe it, "more focus and inner-motivation". In partnership with his Pathway Coach, Radalius developed a plan to secure employment that would allow him to best utilize his skills like his Certification in Heating, Vitiation and Air Conditioning (H-VAC). Radalius is now the Lead H-VAC Technician at the Mechanicsville Commons apartment complex. He credits his success to both his Pathway Coach, Amber Bell as well as his TCWFI Training Instructor, Tera Bell for helping him focus and work toward a rewarding career. Moving forward, Radalius hopes to earn sustainable housing in the near future as part of his 90-day employment package with Mechanicsville Commons. Congrats, Radalius!
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