The newest class of women has been selected to join the Hand UP for Women family. In celebration of their new journey, we wanted to share some history and details of what’s to come.
What is the Hand UP for Women vision?
Hand UP for Women envisions a Knoxville community where all women, regardless of culture or socio-economic status, are well-equipped to wisely manage their lives and sustain adequate employment to meet their needs and secure their family’s future.
Hand UP for Women is a life-management and career-readiness ministry, yet it is described as so much more by the participants. Athena Gray, a member of the Hand UP family, describes it this way:
“A special big THANK YOU to all the women at Hand UP for Women that have made it a point to make me feel loved, seen, heard, my dreams important and valid, and to help set me up for success as long as I set myself up for it on my own first! I can’t believe I am doing this, but so glad that I am! For once, I feel like I am headed in the right direction in my life for me and my children! You ladies do more for some of us than what you know! It’s unexplainable!”
The Newest Class
Five fortunate women were just added as the newest Hand UP for Women class. Women are added to the Hand UP family three – four times a year, never to exceed 15 total due to classroom capacity.
Women contact Hand UP on their own or are referred from another program. During an in-person interview with Executive Director, Eva Pierce, candidates are screened to make sure they are serious about changing their life, are not in active addiction, are not actively in a violent relationship and are compliant on all prescribed medication.
For 12 or more months, women participate in eight or more hours of classes and mentoring sessions per week. The projected graduation date for the new class is March 2024.
Life management and career readiness skills are taught with an intentional foundation of spiritual development. In addition to personal development, women bond through new friendships with other women whose stories differ in specific detail, but most often have a common thread of trauma and hopelessness.
A sampling of classes
As a non-profit, Hand UP for Women operates on a limited budget. There are many ways that those interested can donate time, treasure and talent.
Ways to help
To learn more about this amazing ministry or to offer support, Contact us by clicking here or by phone at 865-525-9696.