In the early 1990’s, National Woman’s Missionary Union had a vision for assisting women trapped in the cycle of poverty – offering a hand up, not a hand out. With that vision and five successful national pilot sites, CWJC of North Carolina established two sites in 1998 and since that time has increased to eighteen CWJC sites and two CMJC sites as of August 2014 as well as an international partnership with multiple sites in southern Africa.
Throughout North Carolina in various settings and types of communities, CWJC and CMJC are bringing hope for a brighter future: Empowering women and men in need by providing resources to help them move from dependency to self-sufficiency. Along with Bible study, volunteer mentors are a critical part of the program.
Specialized training equips volunteers to offer:
- One-on-one support and encouragement
- Assistance accessing job training and educational resources
- Life skills guidance in areas such as child care, transportation, housing and other daily needs.
- Practical life skills
- Self-respect as they provide for themselves and their children
- Assurance in the knowledge that God loves them.
In nearly every aspect of life, CWJC and CMJC offer help and hope that is changing lives!
CWJC and CMJC sites across the country are undergirded by prayer and bound together by key elements found at each site:
- A mentor for every participant
- Covenant between participant and mentor
- Bible study
- Needs assessment of communities and potential participants
- An advisory council
- Certification training