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1926 Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205 Phone: (941) 256-9721 • Fax: (941) 708-9557 MyWRC.org • info@MyWRC.org PRESIDENT AND CEO

Ashley Brown

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Michael Prohidney Vice-Chair

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Kimberly Bald, Esq. Jaymie Carter Jane Goldner, PhD Pauldie Howrigan Darshan Naidu, D.M.D.

Brenda Parker Nicole Parker Shannon Rohrer-Phillips Reba Rogers Abbie Wonnell

The mission of Women’s Resource Center is to engage, educate, enrich and empower women of all generations. Our vision is to create a region where all women and families thrive.

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he first quarter is behind us, and summer is right around the corner, and here comes the cliché...where does the time go? I know I always apologize for using clichés, but they ARE called clichés for a reason!

The first half of the year has offered some great opportunities to celebrate women. In February, we recognized WRC Manatee/Sarasota Wonder Women; in March we embraced Women’s History month; in May, we celebrate Mother’s Day… it really is an empowering time. While there was a lot to celebrate in the first quarter, we also had loss and sadness. In January, our friend and colleague Linda Mickelberg passed away. Ashley Brown, President and CEO Linda was with WRC for 8 years and served as the Venice Site Manager. From the minute I met Linda, I appreciated her honesty, humor and most importantly her commitment to our clients. Linda was a force and had great empathy and loyalty to her clients, volunteers, and friends. Linda, you are missed but your legacy lives on through the women you helped. We are honoring Linda by creating an educational scholarship in her name. The first Linda Mickelberg Scholarship will be awarded on May 19th of this year. I would like to thank everyone who participated in making our Spring Legacy Luncheon on February 26th an uplifting day. The energy and positivity in the room at the Hyatt were palpable. It was a celebration of success from our Betty Schoenbaum Scholar, Christina Creadon, and an acknowledgment of leadership for our fabulous Wonder Women. The message that resonated with me from all the women who spoke that day was that a strong support system, and belief in yourself is vital to succeed and thrive. Isn’t that what we all want, to be thriving? At WRC, our vision is to create a region where women and their families thrive. Think about the collective impact to our region when women and girls, who make up 52% of our population, are self-assured, self-sufficient, and engaged in their success. What is keeping women from being successful? What are the opportunities and the obstacles for women and girls in our region? United Way Suncoast has just released the new ALICE Report (https://www.unitedforalice.org/florida). ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This report measures how much it costs to live in our community and how many households are struggling. 44% of Manatee County households live below the survival budget of $47,184 (for a family of 4) / $22,236 (single), and 37% of Sarasota county households live below the survival budget of $45,984 (for a family of 4) / $22,236 (single). The population that struggles most is single mother head of households. What can we do to help? We are so fortunate to live in a region where every day there are people, companies, foundations, and agencies focusing on the tough questions such as affordable housing, quality childcare, and livable wages.

Linda Mickelberg with Ashley Brown and Lillian Elliott

We do not have all the answers, but WRC is a great place for women to start. Imagine if you were living paycheck-to-paycheck, underemployed but unsure of how you are going to get a higher paying job. Imagine if you were going through an emotional rough spot and did not have the resiliency or support system to remind you that this too shall pass? Every day women walk through our doors who are struggling with issues like these and we are here to help. At WRC, we have staff and volunteers who connect, train, mentor, and support our clients on their journey. We are their support system, their tribe, and it is all possible because of YOU.






Connie Jenkins, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for over 20 years, has begun a new chapter of her life. When she knew she had to change her life’s direction, Connie contacted WRC.

Smiling, Connie adds, “Another advantage of Challenge became obvious: As attendees bonded, we helped one another. Some classmates had even bigger obstacles, but we found solutions.

“I first learned about WRC at a wellness workshop,” Connie says. “The Challenge Program, computer tutoring, employment counseling, legal advice, and so much more from the Sarasota and Bradenton centers have enabled me to meet many goals. And I’ve just begun.”

Writing Her Draft

Thus launched the next chapters of Connie’s unfinished memoir, tentatively titled Evolving Into a New Me. “Completing my memoir is a 2019 resolution,” she explains. “I’m eager to share the exciting experiences leading up to my new nursing career at Help at Home Healthcare.” Connie’s heartfelt response about being chosen as the J. Jill “Woman of the Quarter” — a collaborative effort with WRC — emphasizes her tenacity: “I’m honored. Being spotlighted as a success story is a stepping stone to what’s most important.”

For Connie, writing has been key — even if only a few sentences at a time, but like any successful writer, she needs tools. A writer’s tools can be as simple as an eraser and pencil. In life, Connie has embraced those tools by constantly erasing the negative and underscoring the positive. Connie has tapped into WRC “tools,” helping her compose her life’s story: •

Revising the First Chapter

Life before WRC challenged Connie, emotionally and physically: She had to overcome childhood traumas as well as deal with physical injuries. “I was working as a part-time health aide, but it became difficult to pay the bills,” Connie recalls. “That’s when I contacted WRC in 2013. They found me a temporary housekeeping job, and I began taking classes at the Sarasota Center.”

Planning Subsequent Chapters

Connie’s diligence is apparent, as her memoir unfolds. Before writing a “draft,” she knew she had to plan her life. WRC has been integral in that process — encouraging, educating, enriching and empowering her — through programs, counseling, and professional services. Connie relates how her Challenge experiences began a new, promising outlook. “I began focusing on aspects of my life that influenced my viewpoint, realizing I had to change my thinking to achieve success.” 4

Computer classes. WRC’s volunteer teacher, Jane Bubinak, helped Connie become familiar with the basics of navigating the computer and using the main Microsoft Office programs. Legal and financial advice. Connie met with a lawyer and worked with a Bank of America employee in an “Ask a Banker” session. This has helped Connie increase her credit score and reduce her debt. Employment coaching. Jay Lemmel, the Manatee employment specialist worked with Connie, helping her enrich her life by focusing on organizational skills and positive perspectives — all while educating her about all aspects of the job search.

Jay has worked extensively with her to identify shortcomings and provide strategies. She realizes that being organized is paramount to her success. Connie says jokingly, “Look for sample to-do lists in my memoir.” “Jay has pointed out that my multi-tasking is a doubleedged sword: a gift that increases stress. Thanks to him, my calendar helps me organize.” Connie continues: “Jay also aassisted me with figuring out my personality type (Myers Briggs assessment), which has helped me gain perspective on some of my negative habits. He has shown me how to set boundaries with people.”

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According to Jay, “One of Connie’s strengths is her dedication because she knows that achieving her goals is a dynamic process based on willingness, commitment, and action.”

Expanding on the Details

Connie has also outlined chapters in her book about her career. Even though she started working with low-paying, part-time positions, she is including chapters about her successful career path. According to Valorie Tremarco, the Home Care Assistance manager, “Connie has been a fantastic caregiver, who’s passionate about helping others. It warms her heart to see her clients’ smiling faces when she arrives. And I can always count on Connie to cover emergency shifts.” Valorie continues: “It’s caregivers like Connie who help us accomplish our quest to change the way the world ages!” No memoir is complete without photos, and Connie has included those from her J.Jill photo shoot, where she’s wearing apparel courtesy of the J.Jill Compassion Fund and the University Town Center (UTC) Store. Other photos include nurses’ uniforms and clothes for the WRC Career Closet.

Drafting an Epilogue

Connie’s memoir is unfinished, as she continues to “evolve,” striving to achieve her long-term goals. With pride, Jay says, “The biggest change in Connie is improved self-esteem and courage to pursue her best interests. She’s already joined a new agency doing work that’s an excellent match with her skills, abilities and past experience — all at a significantly higher pay scale.” Connie is drafting her future: “I feel healthier. I even lost weight. I will continue to work on my goals and, ultimately want to become an RN and have my own health and wellness clinic.” Edith Watts, a former colleague, has nothing but praise: “Connie’s a team player. The ultimate professional, she respects and guides her co-workers. She shows compassion towards her patients.” Connie is indeed an LPN: one who values Learning, strives to be Positive, and fosters Nurturing for herself and others. She is grateful for the support she found at the center. “At WRC, you don’t meet strangers,” says Connie. Friends, acquaintances and co-workers attest to her compassion, guidance and drive. Writer Sandy Chase has been a US Government communications officer, editor, technical writer, and writing instructor. Sandy directed the writing training program at the CIA, and taught grammar and punctuation as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. Special thanks to photographer, Pam Truitt.



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he Women’s Resource Center is dedicated to engage, enrich and empower women of all generations. One way we empower women is through our Wonder Woman recognition, where we honor female leaders within our local community who have made outstanding contributions in volunteer and/or professional activities in the areas of Business, Community, Leadership, Education, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, or Lifetime Achievement.

When you think of “Wonder Woman” what comes to mind? We at The Women’s Resource Center think of strong, intelligent, leading, trailblazing, influential women… and so, so much more. The four women who were chosen as our Spring 2019 Wonder Women are nothing short of these terms. We held our Spring Legacy Luncheon on Tuesday, February 26th at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota. We had a wonderful afternoon honoring our four Wonder Women, Heather Kasten, Umbreen Khalidi-Majeed, Dr. Carol Probstfeld, and Michael Saunders. We also had the honor of hearing from our Wonder Women Client and Betty Schoenbaum Scholar, Christina Creadon. Christina shared her life-changing story with us. She went from barely graduating high school to becoming an RN, BSN, and we are so proud of her. She thanked Betty for her success, and while Betty was in the hospital, Christina had the chance to help take care of Betty and comfort her family.


t r a m S t r Sta Another Stepping Stone To Empowering Community Women

Promoting its mission to educate and empower women, WRC is collaborating with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) once again — this time by establishing community partnerships, all for the betterment of women. In affiliation with the AAUW and the Cross-College Alliance, WRC presented the AAUW Start Smart workshop for the first time at Ringling College in March 2019. This is a first-time event and our first time actively collaborating with our thriving college communities. Designed to teach college students entering the workplace, this workshop explores critical skills for negotiating salaries and benefits — keys to successful careers. (https://salary.aauw.org/start-smart/). Local AAUW Chapters Helped Found WRC WRC is particularly indebted to local AAUW chapters and their insightful, generous members, who were integral in founding WRC in Sarasota (1979) and Manatee (1991) counties. Respective AAUW presidents — Fran Kraymes (Sarasota) 8

and Carolyn Reynolds (Manatee) — realized that local women needed what WRC could provide in our community. Forging ahead, the two AAUW branches helped establish both centers by: • Initiating fundraisers and writing grants and training manuals. • Securing state legislation for such programs as the “Displaced Homemaker.” • Recruiting AAUW women as “Founding Members,” who donated time and money towards rental and construction costs. • Sponsoring workshops, including the signature Challenge Program. • Training volunteers to help run the nonprofit centers. Since that time, two “Founding Members” have served as WRC presidents, and many other members have also been on the WRC board. Kathy Schersten, former Sarasota AAUW president, took the WRC leadership reins as its third president (1985-1990). Kathy reflects on WRC’s inception:

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“So many AAUW members, especially past-President Fran Kraymes, had the foresight and stamina to persevere. Nonprofit status was secured, and a board of directors was established, with Fran as the first WRC board chair.” Lillian Elliott, WRC Director of Operations, says, “WRC is indebted to the AAUW area branches. Their extensive experience, endless hard work and support helped create the WRC.” “AAUW and WRC have maintained a loose affiliation over the years,” Lillian notes. “Co-partnering to bring the Start Smart workshop to the region is a great way to strengthen our relationship — not to mention how this and subsequent workshops will help women in our region.” AAUW and WRC Complement Each Other AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, philanthropy, and advocacy. Visit AAUW’s website to learn more about them: https://aauw-fl.aauw.net/ When asked what AAUW and WRC have in common, Judy Griffin, the AAUW Bradenton branch president, captures it perfectly: “Having similar goals, we believe that our branch can better serve the community with this WRC partnership by aligning services — working side by side.” For Judy, a partnership benefits all: “The WRC is interested in AAUW’s National Smart Start programs, because they will help women improve their income while enhancing their careers. The WRC has the clients and the contacts in the community; AAUW has the programs.” Start Smart Becomes a Reality for WRC Judy relates how, for 2018-2019, the Bradenton AAUW board wanted to collaborate/partner with a nonprofit organization having a similar mission. “Typically we work with a number of groups throughout the year, but we wanted to focus our efforts with one community organization to have the greatest effect. In considering local organizations, it made sense to renew our partnership with the organization we helped start in 1990.” Lillian Elliott explains how WRC learned about Start Smart: “We were invited to a meeting with Judy Griffin and her leadership team so we could explore ways to collaborate. WRC has a legacy of working with other organizations intent on improving the lives of

women.” Lillian continues, “We leveraged our relationships to bring in other community partners like the CrossCollege Alliance — a collaboration of our area colleges — and the other AAUW branches in our region. The Cross-College Alliance and AAUW shared the workshop expenses.” With pride and excitement, Lillian says, “ Start Smart is just the first step of our collaboration. We are excited to do more together!” Start Smart Teaches Critical Skills Start Smart participants learn: • How to identify and articulate personal value. • How to develop an arsenal of strategies when negotiating. • How to research target salaries and benefits. • How the pay gap contributes to negative longterm consequences. AAUW and WRC fervently agree that women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, they’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things they need, even save for retirement. The Workshops Help Empower Women The two other programs include: • AAUW Work Smart Workshop: A two-hour workshop, open to the public, designed to educate women on how to negotiate for a new job, raise or promotion. Here’s the link for additional information: https://salary.aauw.org/work-smart/ • WRC Pay Equity Forum: A panel discussion to provide strategies to help women thrive in their careers. Topics will include “Pay Equity” and “Navigating in the Current Climate of the #MeToo Movement.” These workshops will help so many improve their future because education is empowerment. Start Smart, Attain Success Start Smart is aptly named, but for another reason: It explains how years ago AAUW “started smart” with a fledgling organization and helped establish a flourishing WRC. As Judy says, “The WRC continues to be a critical support for our area women. We look forward to this partnership — now and in the future.” If that’s not “Start Smart,” what is?






Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?

I was born in a small town in Indiana and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1972. Not long after, I met and married my late husband Frank Arpaia and we had one daughter, who was born and raised in Bradenton. In 1992, Dan Miller was elected to the US Congress for Florida District 13, and I spent a total of 14 years working for a Member of Congress, as I worked for him the entire time he was in office, and went on to work for two of his successors. Working in the legislature was an exciting job and very fulfilling. I also worked for the PACE Center for Girls, in the Academic field as their Registrar for Manatee County, advocating for accurate academic records for the students… an absolutely rewarding experience!

What lead you to your role at WRC? And what does your role consist of?

After the death of my husband of 35 years, selling the homestead and downsizing, I was looking for something to fill my weekends….I found it was better if I kept myself busy. One Saturday, I wandered into the Unique Boutique (UB) and chatted with my friend, Jaymie Carter, who managed the Boutique. She suggested I volunteer at the Boutique on Saturdays, and I thought why not? For the next 2 ½ years, I worked opening and closing on Saturdays. In 2014, I applied for the job and was hired to manage the Boutique. What a difference five years can make! When I was hired, there were 20 volunteers, one store, one Career Closet, one sorting room and two donations spots, the Manatee Center and the Unique Boutique. Today, with the assistance of 30 volunteers, we still have only one store, but we have two Career Closets, two sorting rooms, and four donation spots – adding the Sarasota and Venice Centers. My volunteers and I handle all donations that come in to the three Centers and the Boutique. I supervise 10

all the volunteers in the Boutique, the sorting rooms and the Career Closets. We have added online sales through eBay and Poshmark. We also consign merchandise at Beautiful You Boutique in Sarasota. It goes without saying that I don’t worry about keeping myself busy anymore!

Has the WRC has an influence on your life? If so, how?

Recently, I found a letter from Jan Entwistle, Founder and Past Board President of the WRC Manatee, dated 1990, when the WRC was just beginning. She thanked me for my support and for becoming a Charter Member of the WRC Manatee. In her letter, she also thanked me for believing in this dream. I still believe, and I am lucky enough to see the difference we make every day. Whether I am at the Unique Boutique, working with volunteers in the sorting room, or helping a client pick out an outfit, we help women thrive. I am an example of that woman. My life, since the death of my husband, has been enriched by working with the dedicated staff and volunteers at WRC. I have formed long-lasting friendships and I feel empowered, knowing I am more resilient. I am strong and I am living my BEST life.

How do you work with Community Partners?

The Unique Boutique works collectively with numerous organizations. We partner and collaborate with HOPE Family Services through our annual Empower your Purse/Handbags and Happy Hour event. This event has transitioned from a luncheon to a fun happy hour event where attendees donate handbags and mingle while they shop in our pop-up store. We also have a great raffle/auction with designer handbags and more. Save the date for this year! October 24th at Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

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MEET THE team We have the most amazing community and are grateful to receive many donations. If we find things that are not appropriate for the Career Closets or UB, we share these donations with a number of our non-profit partners, including HOPE Family Services, Solve Maternity House, Angels Attic, Manatee Thrift Shop, Salvation Army and many more. Through fashion shows, we are able to highlight outfits from the Unique Boutique, which always creates a buzz of excitement with the prices and the quality the Boutique merchandise. This also gives us a chance to share information about the programs and services we provide at WRC

What are the Career Closets?

We have two Career Closets, one at the Manatee Center and one at the Sarasota Center. These career closets give clients who need clothing the opportunity to “shop” for professional clothing, shoes, and purses. We like to say that the career closets help people feel better about how they are presenting and looking on the outside as they work on feeling better on the inside! All of the clothing in the Career Closets are generously donated. We also keep the closets stocked with a big selection of scrubs. We have wonderful volunteers who work at the centers each week sorting clothing, stocking and maintaining the Career Closets.

You have a LOT of volunteers. Tell us about the volunteer experience at Unique Boutique:

The Unique Boutique and sorting room volunteers are some of the most talented, dedicated women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They bring a wealth of experience and have such a passion for the mission of WRC. Most of our volunteers have had successful careers and they bring a variety of skills to share. The warm, friendly interaction with customers by our volunteers helps personalize the Boutique shopping experience. Some of our volunteers at the Unique Boutique have been with us since its inception, and all are committed to its success. You might even say they are a little competitive! Every month, we are looking at ways to increase sales and know the difference we are making. All of the net proceeds of the Unique Boutique go straight to programming at the center. Marianne Soudijn says, “I am a Charter Member of WRC and have been volunteering for more than 20 years! WRC’s mission, helping women, has always been close to my heart. I love the spirit all the volunteers share. We are doing something to make a little change in so many women’s lives and helping others on their journey. We have a great group of volunteers under the wonderful, dedicated leadership of our manager, Becky. Not only is she our ‘boss,’ but we also consider her our friend.”

“The Unique Boutique is my therapy place, a day just for me, spending time with friends, encouraging customers to try a new look, and showcasing newly donated merchandise,” says Diane Siecinski, UB Volunteer. “Ten years of seeing new faces, new growth, new location, and new managers… then there is Becky, our current manager… she is the BEST! I hope to be here for another 10 years.” “When I moved to Bradenton from Boca Raton”, said Barbara Britton, “I was looking to volunteer in a place where I could make a difference, in my life and the lives of others. The volunteer work I do at the Boutique has provided me with numerous gifts, personal growth, new friendships, staying active and feeling like I am making a contribution.” She recruited her sister, Linda Massman, to join her in volunteering. “We work our shifts together, and we love being a part of the Unique Boutique team.”

Tell us about your online stores:

Through the Unique Corner, our Poshmark closet, we have a national platform where the boutique can highlight and sell many of the amazing and unique designer pieces which are donated. Terri Konst, our Poshmark volunteer, says “Poshmark also gives us the opportunity to share our mission with people across the nation. WRC now has ambassadors all over the county who shop and share our items from our closet, @theuniquecorner”. We often received comments from other Poshers who purchase our merchandise like: “Everything about this transaction was amazing! Great cause, adorable packaging, a bonus gift, and a handwritten thank you note! The product was amazingly clean and in perfect condition.” “The jewelry arrived early, packaged very well, beautifully wrapped with a thoughtful surprise extra gift included. How wonderful to know this purchase benefits the Women’s Resource Center!”

Where can I find the Unique Boutique?

If you have not had a chance to check out the Unique Boutique, come visit and shop! The first Thursday of the month is Girl’s Day Out where almost everything is 50% off. Or come by on a Saturday and enjoy a homemade cookie from our volunteer, Diane, aka “the cookie lady!” We are located in downtown Bradenton in the Jennings Arcade, 417 12th St W Bradenton, FL 34205. Phone number is 941-750-0032. And when you are cleaning out your closets, think of WRC! Becky lives in Bradenton, with her Granddaughter, Merry Jane, and visits family often in Indiana, where her Daughter, Ellie, Son-in-law, Chris, and grandson, James reside.





Ask the Experts: Advice & Support from trusted WRC sources Dear Dr. Laura,

I am turning 62 next year and although I do expect to live a long life since longevity runs in my family, I am scared that if I wait, the laws may change and they may take social security away. That would be devastating since I have been paying into the program since I was 16 years old. Do you think my fears are unrealistic, and what do you recommend?



Dear Susan, Unfortunately, this is not the first time that I have heard this argument for taking early benefits and I cannot tell you that I know exactly what is going to happen, but I can give you my perspective. Amidst all the complaints in the adequacy of the social security system, it seems to me that social security is a very important system in this country. The system protects workers in our country, because it mandates savings, where people have demonstrated that they are unable to achieve an adequate portfolio. The system also mandates annuitization, ensuring that the money will last throughout their lifetime, avoiding severe longevity risk. In addition, it protects spouses and children, compensating for the lack of alternative insurance policies in the case of death or disability. It helps people avoid poverty and/or maintain a reasonable standard of living. Although changes to the system are inevitable, it does not require a major overhaul. Many experts believe that it will remain intact for current retirees and people approaching retirement. So from my perspective, I think you should wait to receive the benefits if everything else in your life allows for it. I do recommend you learn more about your choices so you can make an informed decision.


Dr. Laura Mattia


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Resources at the WRC

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 941-256-9721.

Mentoring: FREE! It can be difficult to see our goals through to the end, and sometimes we need someone to help us. This program is offered to clients who would benefit from additional support and experience from a qualified mentor. Manatee • Sarasota Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for appointment.

Mental Health Counseling WRC offers individual, couples and family counseling with fully qualified mental health professionals. Counselors have the discretion of referring clients to more appropriate treatment when it is deemed to be more beneficial for the client. Fee: Affordable sliding-scale structure. Manatee • Sarasota • Venice Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for appointment.

Peer Resource Advising: FREE!

Do you need someone to listen without judging, who has the tools to guide you to needed support? We have experienced Peer Resource Advisors who help you prioritize your needs. They can refer you to the right community agencies, and/or recommend programs offered by the WRC that provide resources and information. Walk-ins are welcome! Manatee • Sarasota • Venice Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for appointment.

Life Coaching: $10 Life coaching focuses on identifying your needs, desires, and goals, creating an action plan, and being accountable throughout the process. Life Coaching is a partnership between you and the coach. Coaching is not therapy in any form and should not be a substitute in lieu of therapy. A coach’s job is to ask thought-provoking questions that inspire and assist you in tapping into your creative side. A coach can teach you how to reframe your perspective, replace your limiting beliefs with limitless beliefs, and change your mindset-habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and responding. Manatee Call 941-747-6797 for appointment.



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Alzheimer’s Support Group: FREE!

Friends and Family of Addiction: $2

A support group for caregivers.

A support group for friends and family of addicts.

2nd Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm, Manatee May 9, June 13, July 11

Mondays, 6-8:00pm, Manatee

Latinas of WRC: $2

You Are Worthy: $2

Learning to Raise Your Own Bar Chris Florand and Denise Whalin teach you to develop the skills for improved self-confidence, assertiveness, boundary setting and negotiation skills for handling life’s challenges. Thursdays (bi-weekly), 6-8:00pm, Venice May 2, May 16, May 30

A weekly forum for Latina women to discover skills, build self-confidence and find their own paths to success. Mondays, 6-7:30pm, Manatee

Lunch Bunch

Call 941-485-9724 to pre-register.

Evaluating Unhealthy Relationships: FREE! An ongoing educational support group about setting boundaries in relationships, making safe & healthy decisions and understanding the wide range of abusive & controlling relationships. Manatee • Sarasota Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for more information.

Have you recently moved here, changed jobs, or want to make new friends? Join us to foster camaraderie, support, and help you through transition. A different restaurant is chosen weekly. Donations appreciated. Thursdays, 11:30am - 1:00pm, Sarasota Donation to WRC is appreciated. If you are interested in starting a Lunch Bunch in Manatee or Venice, please email info@MyWRC.org.

Networking: FREE! Join us for ongoing job-seeker support, networking in multi-media format, with a variety of employers and featured guest speakers. Topics vary each week. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 1-3:00pm, Sarasota




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We provide our clients unbiased, accurate information that will lead to improved career opportunities and better decisions concerning their finances and health.

Ask a Banker: FREE!

Start Building Your Financial Know-How Bank of America professionals will be available for 1:1 educational sessions on topics such as credit score, budgeting, debt assistance, loans and much more. 3rd Thursdays, Sarasota and Manatee (bilingual) 3rd Wednesdays, Venice

Career Closet: FREE! The Career Closet offers professional women’s clothing, shoes, and purses. Clients are welcome to visit the closet once every six months and select up to five complete outfits, two pairs of shoes, and a purse. No appointments are needed. Walk-ins are welcome! Mondays-Thursday, 9am-4:00pm Fridays, 9-11:30am, Manatee and Sarasota

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Career Center: FREE! Clients are invited to work in our self-help Career Centers to conduct online job searches, work on job applications and update resumes. Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-5:00pm Fridays, 9-11:30am, Manatee and Sarasota Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm, Venice Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for appointment.

Ask an Attorney: $10 Individual 30-minute legal consultation on family law topics such as divorce, child support, child custody, and much more. At the Manatee Center, we offer a bilingual attorney to help assist with immigration matters. Manatee • Sarasota • Venice Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for appointment.


Women’s Health Education Network Are you feeling busy and stressed? Do you find it challenging to make healthy choices because you don’t have time? Rebecca Henson MPT, MN, RD from RebeccatheDietitian.com will be teaching us the best ways to stay healthy and treat our beautiful bodies well while on the run. She will include smart choices to make quickly at home as well as what to choose at local fast food restaurants. Join us for this free event - the first in a series we are offering for women by local female health experts about how to take the best possible care of yourself.. 1st Tuesdays, 5:15-6:00pm, Sarasota Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) to pre-register.

“Walking into a job interview can be very intimidating; having the right clothes for my interview made a big difference. Thank you for the Career Closet!” –Wendy M.

Computer Tutoring: $10 Need to hone your computer skills? Learn your way around an Excel spreadsheet, how to create a new Word Document, and how to upload attachments. 1:1 Sessions. Manatee • Sarasota • Venice Call 941-256-WRC1 (9721) for appointment.

Employment Coaching: FREE! Offering individual assistance in preparing for a successful job search. Includes resume preparation, interviewing skills and networking techniques. Manatee • Sarasota • Venice Call 941-747-6797 for appointment.


Programs Looking to expand your horizons? We offer self-care classes and more.

Book Club: $2

Yoga: $5

Do you enjoy reading? We host monthly Book Club meetings at two of our Centers. A list of books being read at the Manatee Center book club may be found on the WRC website.

Open to all! Please bring a mat and other yoga instruments.

1st Thursdays, 1-2:00 pm or 7-8:00 pm, Manatee 3rd Mondays, 2-4:00 pm, Venice

Interested in starting a Book Club in Sarasota? Email info@MyWRC.org.

POWER YOGA Tuesdays, 8:15-9:30 am, Manatee GENTLE YOGA Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Manatee INTERMEDIATE YOGA Saturdays, 9:00am, Manatee ALL LEVELS YOGA Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9-10:30am, Sarasota

Breathe & Relax Meditation: $2 Join us for an opportunity to expeirence relaxation, focus, mindfulness and quieting your thoughts throught the art of mediation. Come, take a journey to serenity with faciliator Mary Onna Bode and let your spirit soar. Transform your breath, transform your life. Last Thursdays of the month, 5:30-6:30pm, Manatee

Y12SR (Yoga 12 Step Recovery) A 12-step-based discussion and yoga practice that is open to anyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is an open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm, Manatee Donation to WRC is appreciated.


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We are so grateful for our amazing volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who help us achieve our mission each and every day! A very special thank you to Amanda & John Horne who graciously hosted both the Volunteer Brunch & Sponsor-Donor Reception at their home.

We are so thankful for all of our volunteers, sponsors, and supporters. You are the reason we continue to achieve our mission. Thank you to John and Amanda Horne for, once again, opening their beautiful home to us to host both the Volunteer Brunch and Sponsor-Donor Reception. Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors. We truly couldn’t do it without you! 58% of our funding comes from private, corporate and individual contributions. Another 18% from special events, and 14% from sales at the Unique Boutique. In total, 90% of our income comes directly from YOU! 27% of our clients are single parents. When you volunteer, sponsor or donate to The Women’s Resource Center, you are not only impacting the life of a parent, but the entire family as well. It is thanks to you that we are able to engage, enrich, educate and empower so many women and families in the Sarasota-Manatee region.





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MyWRC Magazine | Spring/Winter 2019  

Bringing you stories and updates from the Women's Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency that has...

MyWRC Magazine | Spring/Winter 2019  

Bringing you stories and updates from the Women's Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency that has...