Jefferson State and St. Clair County Head Start Receive $25,000 Grant from The Women’s Fund

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham recently awarded $25,000 toward Jefferson State Community College and St. Clair County’s Head Start Job Readiness and Childcare for Single Mothers.

The grant will provide Pharmacy Technician Certification preparation training for single mothers of children served by St. Clair County’s Head Start. This effort hopes to move single moms into higher wage jobs with transferable, credentialed skills.

“Our initiative, Stepping Up, provides educational, housing, and childcare support to women who have taken the first step to achieving financial independence for themselves and their children,” said Women’s Fund President and CEO Jeanne Jackson. “We assist with the second step.”

  • This $25,000 grant is one of nine grants totaling $278,000 given by The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham’s in 2013. This is the largest level of grants given in the organization’s history.
    Regions will host a ceremony to honor the grantee recipients on January 15, 2014. Other grant recipients are:
  • Alabama Partnership for Children’s TEACH Early Childhood Scholarship program ($25,000) – provides scholarships to 10 single women working in the early care and education field. All recipients will receive guaranteed wage increases from their employer (2%) after their first 9 credit hours are completed.
  • Childcare Resources’ Childcare Financial Assistance ($15,000) - assists women in job training or working towards a post-secondary degree by reducing their child care expenses.
  •  Children’s Aid Society’s Project Independence ($16,000) - provides economic support, including case management, childcare, transportation, work incentives/rewards, to homeless young mothers ages 16-22 and their children to stabilize their family and move them into higher wage jobs.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s Affordable Permanent Housing for Single Mothers ($25,000) - provides affordable, secure homeownership for low-income (under 60% AMI) single mothers of young children in our community.
  • Impact Alabama’s SaveFirst program ($12,000) - trains college students to provide free tax preparation services to low-income Alabamians, primarily women, and ensures their receipt of tax deductions and encourages the saving of refunds such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services Women’s Financial Empowerment and Homeownership Initiative ($25,000) - provides financial empowerment and homeownership support for single women, particularly mothers, participating in job training or higher education.
  • The Salvation Army’s Permanent Housing Program ($25,000) - assists working single women and their children with obtaining permanent housing from the private rental market through credit repair, utility deposit assistance, and rental deposit assistance.
  • Urban Ministry and Anglican Church of the Most Sacred Heart’s Julia Pointer Nursing Certificate Program ($10,000) - identifies nursing assistant positions in Birmingham’s West End neighborhood and recruits single mothers to complete a nursing assistance program with the assurance of a job while also providing case management, psychosocial assessments, and wraparound services to ensure students are supported throughout the process.
  • The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the only grant making organization in Alabama that solely supports programs that improve the quality of life for women and children in the Birmingham area.