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Women’s Resource Center “Propel” Campaign

The Women’s Resource Center in Grand Rapids is looking for feedback from the community about what more it can do to help. This, as it continues a two-million dollar “Propel” campaign to provide greater access to workforce development. The Women’s Resource Center currently serves about 600 women with goals of serving up to 700 once in their new home.

It’s a busy time for the Women’s Resource Center in Grand Rapids. A recent community open house highlighted its upcoming new space and hopes for increased programming. The Center is in the midst of a two-million-dollar capital campaign. The “Propel” campaign started last fall. Plans include moving into a new, larger space in the 49507 zip code, expand programs and establish an endowment.

Tatum Hawkins is the Women’s Resource Center Director of Development and Communications:

“This is the first in the nearly 50-year history of WRC. We’re grateful for us to have been here for so long. There’s an increased need and our current space does not allow us to access women as we need to.”

Hawkins says they plan to move from their Front street location to their new spot on Madison Avenue Southeast. She says their new location will allow more women greater access to their services.

“For women that are traveling using public transportation it takes them an hour to get to us. We are looking forward to moving into 49507.”

Hawkins says the WRC currently serves about 600 women with the goal of serving up 700 once in their new home. The center helps women get the tools they need for workplace success and economic independence.

“Interviewing jobs prep and we have a business boutique, to help provide clothing to women.”

Hawkins says they are currently at 1.7 million of their 2 million “Propel” campaign. She says as they continue their campaign, they are hoping the community will provide not only help to the campaign but also provide input in their survey regarding perception of workplace issues facing women and what programs might help. You can find information, make a donation as well as take the survey, at grwrc.org.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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