_Christian Women’s Job Core of Lee County
Despite a global pandemic, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Lee County, concluded its 27th session recently. After nine weeks of classes on life skills and job skills, with instruction on CPR and First Aid, Communications, Word and Excel, Budgeting and Bible study, participants wrote speeches about their experiences at CWJC.
Six months after Jaye Kim arrived from Korea, the pandemic struck. One year later, she arrived at CWJC, nervous and scared. “But they were kind and comfortable to me. I didn’t have perfect English but they told me, ‘Everything is fine and we can help you’. I still don’t have perfect English, but I am no longer afraid of the American people talking to me.”
Jaye gives much credit to her classmate Kim. “I wouldn’t have graduated without her. Sometimes I wanted to give up but she always told me, ‘You are doing good. You are amazing’. She gave me courage.”
Jaye’s classmate Kim Smith was comfortable with her skills until she started classes at CWJC. “CWJC has helped me overcome obstacles and push myself. I did not know anything about how to put together a resume before I came here. I am also learning things about me that I did not know. CWJC opened doors in my brain that I left closed and was afraid to open. I enjoy computer class, learning about Word and Excel. I love learning about how to improve my typing skills. I recently bought a laptop so that I can further learn and explore this amazing world.” As Kim gained confidence in herself and her new skills, she discovered a talent for writing poetry. “This has been a scary yet wonderful experience, and I will recommend it to any woman looking to expand and further her learning, confidence and job training skills.”
A Celebration Service was held to honor the two women who persevered through extraordinary times with social distancing and Zoom meetings to experience the Mission Statement of CWJC: To equip women through Bible Study and job readiness classes in a Christian environment conducive to change and growth from the inside out. For more information on how to become a participant or volunteer with CWJC, contact Neeley Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-821-0591.
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