GALLERY: Five first-class graduates of Covington Christian Women’s Job Corps program – The Andalusia Star-News

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GALLERY: Five first-class graduates of the Covington Christian Women’s Job Corps program

Posted 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Driven by the strength of the Lord and the guidance of their mentors, five women have a new outlook on life after completing the Covington Christian Women’s Job Corps program last week.

Cassandra Cowart, Kara Curry, Latoya Foster, Haley Owens and Katherine Thompson represent the Covington CWJC class of 2022 as the first class.

“These girls have shown the courage to conquer by climbing many bumps over the past six months to lead by example through the song ‘God‘s Love Lifted Me.’ They bravely graduated from Covington CWJC on Friday. August 26 and graduated from the Crossover Ministry program on Saturday August 27. We are very proud of their success and wish them all the best,” said site coordinators Judy Phillips and Shirley Smith.

The purpose of Christian Women’s Job Corps, a compassionate ministry of the National Union of Women Missionaries, is to provide a Christian context in which women in need are equipped for life. The CWJC’s goal is achieved when a woman has the basic skills necessary for sufficiency, which includes substantial employment, adequate income, housing, transportation, childcare, and medical care.

“One of the greatest joys of my ministry is working with Christian Women’s Job Corps. We have sites across our state, and there are even sites across our country and abroad. These sites are filled with volunteers and people called by God to work with the lives of women who need a little help. There are many testimonies of women whose lives have been impacted by this ministry. It’s a ministry that God uses with our churches to help change lives, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it,” said Pat Ingram, Alabama WMU Missions and ministry consultant.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National CWJC and the first year of completion of the CWJC of Covington. “It is an extraordinary anniversary for both sides to know that for 25 years, men and women have been helped. For a whole year, after many years of work, this ministry has reached this point and culminated with this ceremony to recognize these five ladies and their mentors today,” Ingram added.

The CWJC, which offers its courses at the Christian Service Center in Andalusia, is a unique ministry with two distinctive elements: Bible study and the mentoring relationship. Phillips and Smith first held Bible study and parenting classes in April before the mentors met with program participants for one-on-one sessions.

“Our mentors have been engaged and dedicated from the start. We are blessed to have these ladies join us each week to meet the participants and encourage them to set goals and complete the program,” said Phillips.

The four graduates present expressed their appreciation for the local organization. Thompson was unable to attend due to finalizing a housekeeping job with Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp.

“All the glory goes to God because if it wasn’t for Him, none of us would be standing here today. Christian Women’s Job Corps is definitely a blessing to women. This lovely group of women have dedicated their time , her heart and ears to guide us and give us the tools to prepare us for life after rehab.CWJC is a wonderful program, and these women dedicate their time to doing exactly what they are called to do. They help needy women succeed in life and do so in a godly way, uniquely engaged in their duties,” Foster said. “The CWJC has been a positive and uplifting experience. The extensive tools and mentorship encourage women to reach their full potential while providing education and training in a loving Christian environment,” Curry said.

Individuals and groups can help by volunteering as mentors or by providing meals, goody bags, paper products, journals or devotional books, and backpacks with basic supplies.

“The CWJC was a life-changing experience. The tools they have given us will be beneficial in many ways. The program is a Christian influence that has impacted our lives and will continue to influence others after us,” Owens said. “I was at a bad time in my life until I joined this program. I am grateful to all the ladies at the CWJC and Crossover Ministries. I couldn’t have done it without each of you and I am forever grateful for your love and support,” Cowart said.

To learn more about the CWJC, visit alabamawmu.org/cwjcsites or call Alabama WMU at 334-613-2226.

Those interested in volunteering for the CWJC of Covington can contact Judy Phillips at [email protected] or 850-228-5020 and Shirley Smith at [email protected] or 334-488-4715.

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