Job Corps’ Gala To Help Needy Women

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - August 12, 2009
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The nonprofit Waianae Coast Christian Women’s Job Corps celebrates the new location of its school with a benefit luncheon and silent auction starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bird of Paradise Restaurant at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club in Ewa Beach.

“We want the community to know us better and what our mission is so we can help those who may need to enroll in our program,” said chairwoman Shirley Kinoshita.

Tickets cost $45 and include access to the buffet, entertainment and a chance to bid on a number of items, including a guided Island tour for up to 10 people, a Michael’s 150 cultured-pearl strand and a seven-day Ko Olina Resort getaway. A $18.75 tax donation receipt will be given, and the remaining money will go directly to the teaching program, equipment and supplies, and operational costs for the school year.

“Grant approvals are tough now, and we’ve had to let staff go just to survive,” Kinoshita admitted.“We’re resorting to this type of event to supplement our balance sheet. We also will be holding an open house at our new site (85-671 Farrington Hwy.) following the luncheon. It will be an opportunity for our supporters to see it for the first time!”

For reservations or silent auction donations, contact Deanna Aoiki at 356-8333.

The WCCWJC equips disadvantaged women with the skills necessary to improve their social and economic well-being. Over the course of a year, participants gain confidence in the job field as well as within themselves through training in the use of computers, medical coding and other skills.

“The participants who enroll in our program, some are homeless - coming from the beach, shelters or abandoned vehicles. Most have never held a job, are not marketable or maintain an economic level of poverty. We cut through the challenges of getting a job, accept them unconditionally and teach them how to get a job,” Kinoshita said, adding that they also help students learn the proper way to dress for the office, figure out transportation to and from their jobs and how to maintain a “can-do” attitude.

“We extend a hand and hope for themselves and for their families.”

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