soroptimist class edited best Oct 2015Kerri proudly showed off her nametag, something she must wear for her new job at the Target store. Sondra described her aspirations to start her own business. These women and five other residents of our women’s shelter shared their dreams, experiences and challenges as part of a special series of classes presented by Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County, MD (SIUMC) in collaboration with Interfaith Works’ vocational services program.

Several of the residents in the class are employed, and all of the women are looking to advance along a path to independence and self-sufficiency through employment or finding better jobs.Soroptimist International is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The local chapter successfully pursued funding from the national organization, Soroptimist International of the Americas to provide scholarships to our women’s shelter residents who completed the “Dream It, Be It” series of classes. The sessions cover career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.

SIUMC President Johann Dretchen said, “Our club members have learned so much from the women who participated in the program, and were deeply touched by their remarkable journeys to overcome their challenges.”