The Issue: High Rates of Poverty and Unemployment for Women
Nearly 9,000 people live in homelessness on any given night in King County, according to data from the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Women face an especially high risk of experiencing poverty due to a variety of factors. Single women with children are more likely to live in poverty than any other family type, including married couples or single males, according to a report from the Women's Funding Alliance. One risk factor is domestic violence: between 25 percent and 50 percent of women fleeing domestic violence report difficulty finding housing and more than a third become homeless, according to a report from the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. Additionally, high unemployment rates make the job market more competitive, and women who take time out of the workforce to raise children may face challenges to re-entering it, due to a lack of recent experience and up-to-date skills.
The Campaign: Provide Workshop to Teach Job and Life Skills
If this Grassroots campaign raises $250, then Jubilee Women's Center can provide a skills-based workshop for 15–30 women, including both those who live in the Jubilee housing program and those outside of the program. Each additional $250 raised will fund another skills-based workshop. The technology-training and life-skills classes can help women obtain more skilled employment, allowing them to achieve financial security and maintain stable housing. Classes can focus on a variety of skills, including money management and credit repair, finding affordable housing, resumé and cover-letter design, and basic word-processing skills.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Jubilee Women's Center
Jubilee Women’s Center aims to propel women out of crisis situations by providing the resources to help them achieve safe housing and financial stability. Jubilee's clients live in a long-term community housing program for an average of 14 months. During this time, they can interact with other women experiencing homelessness and work toward new goals in a supportive environment. Jubilee’s education center sponsors classes for more than 50 residents each year in a variety of technology- and skills-oriented subjects including credit repair, word-processing, and interview skills. These programs aim to help women find jobs or increase their incomes so that they can attain stable housing and become self-sufficient.