Ringing the Joy Bell at New Hope Enterprises

From Carol JordanNHE-C. Days
 

Explaining to me why she loves her job with New Hope Enterprises, Client Services Director Sharon Maddox said, “it’s calls like the one this week from a program graduate – a single mother of four children who made a living selling drugs, now an employed Certified Nurse Assistant – wanting to share her plans to become a Registered Nurse.”

New Hope Enterprises is a nonprofit that provides workforce development and related services for the chronically unemployed – individuals whose backgrounds typically include poverty, sexual abuse, drug use, domestic violence, prison, school dropout, foster care, veteran status and/or homelessness.

Founder and executive director, Angèle Hawkins, sought to fill this gap in Atlanta’s social services network, motivated by a desire to reverse a poverty of spirit she found heartbreaking. Using the curriculum of a successful program out of Harlem called STRIVE, New Hope has, in four years, graduated 383 individuals from its programs, 70% of them obtaining gainful employment.

Shortly after meeting Angèle in 2012, I nominated New Hope as a UUCA Give Away the Plate recipient and coordinated a professional clothing drive for their students.  My involvement this past year with UUCA’s Promise the Children has only magnified my admiration for New Hope’s work – which provides motivated men and women a path to self-sustainability, breaking the cycle of poverty and bringing stability to children living in difficult environments.

Each time I see the “job bell” in New Hope’s Facebook feed, it brings me joy. The picture here was posted last week with this caption: “We are closing out the week with a ringing of our job bell. Clarence Days is now working security at UPS!”

New Hope Enterprises welcomes both volunteer and financial support: http://www.newhopeenterprises.org/get_involved.html

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