Christian Women’s Job Corps – Golden Triangle will open its doors to women in Orange on Feb. 8. 

The group offers free classes to women to better equip them to move from dependency to self sufficiency by providing life and job skills training and a “hand up – not a hand out.”

The international organization already has offices in Beaumont and Port Arthur, and plans to open one in Groves. 

Executive Director Linda Cox, board member Shirley Zimmerman and Orange site coordinator Debra Dear visited The Record this week to announce a ribbon-cutting with Orange chamber officials, at 4 p.m. Thursday at 2300 41st St. in the Family Worship Center. Refreshments will be served and tours offered, Zimmerman said.

Some of the old Bancroft school is being used for the Orange location. Dear said the Orange site has been almost one year in planning. She presented surveys to women at Orange Christian Services and after 40 were returned, CWJC decided there was a need for an office to serve the Orange area. 

Classes include a weekly Bible study and one-on-one mentoring, computer skills, personal finance, self esteem, resume writing and interviewing skills.

CWJC was recently awarded a $20,000 Meadows Foundation grant, Cox said.

“I think that shows a lot of confidence in what we’re doing,” she said. “It’s all about helping people move forward.” She added that organizers hope to establish a Christian Man’s Job Corps in the Orange area. At present, there is only one in Port Arthur. 

“We are especially thankful for the Family Worship Center and Pastor Story for donating the office and classroom space,” she said.
Christian Women’s Job Corps – Golden Triangle is a non-profit 501(c-3) organization and non-denominational. Zimmerman said there is a need for volunteers.

Orientation for classes will be on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. 

Classes will begin on Feb. 9 and continue through April 29 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon. A computer class will begin Feb. 17 in the Lamar State College-Orange Wilson Building from 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. as part of this session.

To register, volunteer or learn more about CWJC, call 883-9100.
Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps, started by National WMU in 1997, were created to help women and men change their lives for the better by empowering them with biblical nourishment, a mentor for encouragement and accountability, and training opportunities to help them attain education, gainful employment and self-sufficiency.