Christian Women’s Job Corps helps locals with fashion show
by Sherry Kughn
skughn@annistonstar.com
Apr 28, 2012 | 2669 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Women in Calhoun County have a friend if they are ever in need — the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC), a ministry of the Calhoun Baptist Association. The corps raises money to help women who find themselves in difficult circumstances, whether their needs include finding a job, housing, referrals, medical assistance, transportation to vital places or other assistance, such as how to obtain a G.E.D., a birth certificate or identification.

The CWJC’s annual fundraiser, a fashion show/brunch, will be held May 5 at Classic on Noble in downtown Anniston. It is the CWJC’s fourth fundraiser, although they have been helping women for about seven years.

During the fashion show, guests may purchase the clothing that the models — area professional women — wear on the runway. Guests may either keep the outfits or donate them back to the program for needy women to wear on job searches.

For those who wish to donate clothing to the CWJC’s professional-style clothes closet, call 256-237-5171.

There will also be a silent auction and a temporary boutique where guests can shop for discounted fashion accessories.

Gena Vinyard, a singer and pianist, will perform, and Candace McIntosh, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Women’s Missions and Ministries, will speak on the theme of women helping each other face-to-face.

“The face-to-face theme this year means women in need have someone to be their friend, help them find a job, refer them to special agencies, help them find a doctor or offer them transportation,” said volunteer Becky Nelson.

One volunteer who has been especially helpful to the program this year is Mary Stinson, a retired professor of social work from Jacksonville State University. Stinson has worked to develop curriculum and train volunteers. “Also, she gives the women the face-to-face assistance they often need. Some of these women who are assisted by the program start out with nothing,” said Nelson.

Even though the Calhoun Baptist Association is the sponsoring agency for the CWJC, churches from all denominations take part in helping needy women through the program. Several women who are now self-sufficient because of assistance through the program will be in attendance at the fundraiser.

Fashion show and brunch

• Fundraiser for the Christian Women’s Job Corps.

• 8:30 a.m. May 5 at Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St., Anniston.

• Tickets are $20, available in advance at 256-237-5171 or lhughes@cbasbc.org.
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