Back to school for some, back to work for others, and end-of-year deadlines for many: September is crunch time in our culture, and widely regarded as one of the most stressful times of the year. The transition from one season’s pace to another can increase stress, lower immunity and leave us feeling drained.
The Women’s Resource Center of the Delaware Valley (WRC) is grateful to be a recipient of a generous $4,425 grant from the Immediate Response Action Fund of WOMEN’S WAY. WRC will use the grant to bridge and bolster an infrastructure gap that threatened to jeopardize WRC’s outreach efforts to women in the community during the pandemic.
WRC’s client services database is a crucial element in providing and coordinating quality services that are primarily focused on the financial stability and overall well-being of women and girls. The grant would allow the purchase of an upgraded three-year discounted subscription to our client services database that would allow additional users. The urgency is that WRC as an organization is growing to serve a crucial need – that of economic self-sufficiency and financial knowledge for women in our newly created Financial Stability Program. The pandemic has caused an increase in the severity of needs that our clients are facing. Currently 96% of our Helpline callers have low to extremely low income as defined by the US Office on Housing & Urban Development.
Towards this goal of serving women through our Financial Stability Program, WRC’s software tool, its advanced features, and its accessibility across the organization become paramount. The upgraded software system will support direct electronic referrals between our Helpline, Counseling Services, and the Financial Stability Program. In addition, WRC will be able to produce timely integrated reports for funders and donors, specific to each program or service and across the organization as a whole.
Executive Director Cheryl Brubaker commented, “This grant from WOMEN’S WAY represents a major boost to WRC’s efforts to improve the lives of women in need in the community. In today’s highly data-intensive environment, it is imperative to be fully aligned with client needs and technological support. We are also grateful to WOMEN’S WAY in our partnership with them to help train our financial coaches for our Financial Stability Program.”
WRC is a 46-year-old nonprofit whose mission is to help women and girls in southeastern Pennsylvania successfully manage life transitions and inspire others to do the same. By providing resources, support and tools for today, we create hope for tomorrow.