Learn about a career center and young professional program that’s empowering women in transition to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency.
New Directions Career Center (NDCC) was created by a group of women in 1980. These women were either divorced, widows, or single parents who were unsure of how to support themselves. Originally known as the Displaced Homemaker Association, these women decided it was time for a change of direction and wanted to empower other women to follow their lead.
The vision of the NDCC is to assist their clients in gaining skills, information and resources vital to securing and retaining meaningful employment with fair compensation and benefits. “We use a holistic approach to help women become the best that they can be,” says Amy Roberts, NDCC Development Director.
More than 60,000 of lives have been touched by NDCC. The center aims to support and guide women of all ages and backgrounds through new chapters of their lives. “We help women who have retired, but are not yet ready to retire. Women who have had to downsize or who struggle financially. Or even, women who are say to themselves ‘I want to change, but I don’t know how’,” explains Roberts.
New Directions Young Professionals (NDYP) was founded in 2012 with the purpose of engaging a younger demographic in Ohio to further the mission of NDCC. “Young Professionals was created as a volunteer opportunity for those who want to get involved with non-profit work,” says Woliver.
NDYP helps plan and execute their own events such as this year’s Holiday Hearts, an annual gift-giving campaign ran through the holidays to purchase gifts for the children of clients at New Directions.
“We really wanted to make the holidays a little easier for women going through the program,” says Caroline Woliver, Director of Outreach and Program Management.
NDCC selects single-parent families whose mothers graduated from a NDCC program and helps support them by purchasing gifts for their children.
This years’ Holiday Hearts evening of gift-giving and networking will take place on Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at Red Door Tavern, 1736 W 5th Ave, Columbus OH.
New Directions Career Center says they are focused on helping women embrace their authentic self. 71 percent of NDCC annual survey respondents actively seek employment and or education after NDCC graduation, according to the 2016 report. Of that percent, 91 percent of women said they experienced at least one or more financial improvements.
“When you change your direction, you change your life,” says Roberts. To learn more, click here.