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Sandra Gaddy | Wine, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Beer & Ice Cream Join Forces to Empower Women

Michigan Business Beat
September 21, 2019 9:00 AM

WRCgrJeffrey Mosher speaks with Sandra Gaddy, CEO, Women’s Resource Centers, Grand Rapids, MI, finding out how long she has been with the Women’s Resource Centers, a history of that organization, and what folks can expect from the upcoming - 13th annual Wine Women and Chocolate event (Proceeds go to help support the WRC programs).

Sandra shares the details with Jeffrey, check them out in the SoundCloud PodCast!

Sandra also share information about current Women's Resource Center programs (Metallica scholarship, New Beginnings Program)
- Event Details (registration deadline Thursday September 26, event date, October 3, 2019, and where to register).
 Here's some more information to read over once you've listened to the 9 minute interview.

Women’s Resource Center will host their 13th annual Wine, Women and Chocolate event on October 3, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MI – Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will host its 13th annual Wine, Women and Chocolate event on Thursday, October 3 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Cascade Hills Country Club. Proceeds from the event support programs dedicated to empowering women to become economically self-sufficient, by improving their lives through employment, career development and personal growth.

“Our gender focused mission is part of a greater movement to create an equitable and inclusive culture, free of racism and discrimination,” said Sandra Gaddy, CEO of Women’s Resource Center. “Individuals have the opportunity to achieve success in the workplace and attain economic independence.”

This year’s event features well-known Grand Rapids vendors, such as, The Crushed Grape, Brewery Vivant, Chocolates by Grimaldi’s, Kilwins, Cakabakery, Furniture City Creamery, Lemon Creek Winery and hors d’ oeuvres from Cascade Hills Country Club.

“Come for the wine, craft beer, cider, chocolate tastings and more,” said Doris Drain, event co-chair. “Stay to support the life-changing mission of WRC, with your friends, co-workers or family by your side.”

Programs, such as New Beginnings, a job readiness program for women at Kent County Jail provides one-on-one and group mentoring, employ-ability assessments, individualized employment plans and life skills development. Program participant, Theresa Collins, received a scholarship for the Metallica Welding Program in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

“I learned about Women’s Resource Center while I was incarcerated, they offered vocational training that is great for people who are felons and deemed unemployable,” said Collins. “We are hardworking, independent women with responsibilities and a desire to succeed, that need to be seen for our potential not as a liability.”

Since its founding in 1973, Women’s Resource Center has addressed sexual harassment, women in skilled trades, homelessness, incarceration and more.

“We are committed to addressing issues faced by women in the workforce,” said Gaddy. “This drives our programming to help women secure stable well-paying employment and achieve financial independence. Women, Wine & Chocolate helps raise the much-needed funds we need to support and expand our programming.

For more information please call 616.458.5443 or visit www.GRWRC.org.


About Women’s Resource Center
Since 1973, Women’s Resource Center has been empowering and equipping women to achieve financial stability through meaningful employment. Our gender responsive programs and services help women discover their strengths and talents while overcoming barriers to employment and economic independence. WRC serves over 600 women a year. For more information, visit www.grwrc.org.

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