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Christian Women’s Job Corps

July 30, 2007

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This an article that appeared in the Tennesseean, our local newspaper concerning a new outreach work housed at Madison. My wife Barb is among those working with Dawn Ferguson on the expansion of this program to Madison.

Christian corps offers women chance to be mentors to others


Women interested in volunteering as teachers, mentors or child-care providers in Madison have a new opportunity now that the Christian Women’s Job Corps is preparing to open a satellite facility there Sept. 10.

“We’re in the process of training right now,” says Dawn Ferguson, coordinator of the satellite that will hold classes at the Madison Church of Christ, 106 North Gallatin Road, while conducting business from an office in the First Baptist Church of Madison, 719 South Gallatin Road.

The corps has for 10 years offered hope and training for women through classes and mentoring, most recently at the former Rescue Mission building at 128 Eighth Ave. S. in downtown Nashville.

The nonprofit’s goal is to help women escape the cycle of poverty by gaining professional and personal skills.

More than 700 women and their families have benefited from the downtown Nashville program over the past decade, according to Ferguson. (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

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9 comments

  1. I would be interested in learning more about this. I have talked with the Jobs for Life people, just not sure how helpful the material would be. How much skills training does it have?


  2. Darin I am sure Dawn could provide all the information you might need. She is on staff at Madison. The Office number is: 615.868.3360 or through email dferguson@madisoncofc.org


  3. This sounds great! At our church we have a ministry called “Heart to Home”. “Mentor moms” meet monthly with a group of younger ladies and teach the scriptures, cooking, child rearing, car for husbands (??) and other life skills.

    The goal is to fulfill the statement of Paul to Timothy that the older women shoud teach the younger women.

    I am forwarding this to my wife. What a cool thing it would be for a “Heart to Home” group to take on a couple of women who are far less fortunate than them.

    Grace to you,
    Royce Ogle


  4. Uh….that was “care” for husbands not “car”. lol


  5. Thanks for sharing that Royce. Until you follow up post I was interested in learning more about that “car for husband” program (-:


  6. Exciting to see how God’s kingdom is glowing out of works like this. I’m jealous for the same sorts of things in Rochester.


    • Thanks for cotirnbuting. It’s helped me understand the issues.


  7. Ben, sometimes it just takes a single person with a passion to serve. That is Dawn Ferguson. She has worked with the Nashville branch of CWJC for some time and just felt it needed to expand to our area because of the great need in Madison. I learned last night that over 90 people from Madison and the community have responded for training to work with CWJC. Here is a note via email from Dawn.

    Dear Family,

    We are so excited about the reception the Madison and surrounding communities are having to the Christian Women’s Job Corps satellite that is opening here. We’ve trained 90 volunteers and are still fielding calls from people ready to help!

    Therefore, we’ve scheduled one more training opportunity for anyone else who might have missed the previous sessions and would like to participate. That one-hour session will be Thursday, August 9 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at our church in the classroom across the hall from the administrative offices.
    If you would like to register or if you have questions about the program, please email me offline at….(contact me directly if you need to get more information or would like to talk to Dawn, Lee)

    We are even more excited about the fact that women are starting to call to enroll in the program! I just spoke to a 29-year-old lady who dropped out of school in the tenth grade. She is a single mom living in Madison with a 6-year-old daughter. She couldn’t believe we would help her get her GED – not only with classroom training, but also one-on-one tutoring AND provide childcare while she’s in class! If you know of someone who could benefit from this program, please have them get in touch with me. It looks like we’ll have enough volunteers to serve about 25 women our first session!

    And, our downtown site continues to do great things. They just wrapped up their summer session and last week an 8-year-old who has been in the childcare program and one of the women participating in the program became Christians! This is such a great ministry. If you’re not able to volunteer, we hope you’ll pray for the ministry and the women who need us!

    Thanks,
    Dawn Ferguson


  8. This is my first post
    just saying HI



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