WE Initiative 2011
WE Educate, WE Empower, WE Elevate
Goal: To provide career paths for homeless and/or low income mothers and/or female veterans in the United States.
In the next ten years there will be a 27% increase in job opportunities for individuals who have an education in nursing. Women With A Cause founder, Susan Kiely, thought the nursing field would be the perfect profession that would give homeless and/or low income mothers and/or female veterans a sense of empowerment.
In partnership with Women With A Cause and the WE Initiative, Regis University: Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals, a private institution of learning, has agreed to admit eight qualified women. These women will also have the opportunity to enter into an honors geriatric nursing program.
Area colleges such as Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, and University of Colorado School of Nursing have also agreed to partner with us in an attempt to prepare women to become registered nurses. Currently, Women With A Cause is helping to support four single mothers financially, emotionally and educationally through scholarships, mentors, financial management and tutors.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the recession will force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years. WWAC has also discovered that the fastest growing rate of homeless people in the united States are single women.
Along with these startling facts WWAC has been informed that homelessness among female veterans has doubled in the last 10 years, and out of every 131,000 homeless veterans, 6,500 of these are women.
With a 10% to 15% unemployment rate in the United States, based on the above data, Women With A Cause has decided to act by launching the 2011 WE Initiative.