Women partnering was created to serve financially vulnerable women and children in partnership with the people of Colorado Springs.
Our Service Goals: (a) to partner with the people of Colorado Springs in responding to the unmet needs of women and children, (b) to provide relationships that are access points to community services and resources. These relationships (one with one, one with groups and organizations with organizations) enhance networking possibilities and holistic outcomes (physical, occupational, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual), which help financially vulnerable women and children move toward holistic economic sustainability.
Women partnering focuses it’s networking in four main areas:
|Individual Networking||connecting women with needed services and working her Individual Development Plan|
|Spiritual Networking||connecting with existing groups and individuals providing spiritual opportunities|
|Policy Networking||connecting with policy makers, and policy activity|
|Development Networking||forming partnering relationships in and beyond the local community with organizations and service groups.|
How have we been doing in these areas?
We partner with over 100 organizations and collaborate with many of these organizations in responding to the unmet needs. The critical areas in which women need assistance include: housing, food, clothing, transportation, childcare, physical and mental health, education, employment and spiritual support. The women who are working an holistic Individual Development Plan, keeping their appointments are eligible to participate in our enhancement programs.
Population and Area Served
100% of the women and children served by this project are financially vulnerable (cannot meet at least one basic need) in the Colorado Springs area. 99% of women receiving services at Women Partnering have income below the Self Sufficiency Standard. 100% experience diminishment of social support networks. With the increasing and persistent traumatic stressors, the vast majority experience compromised mental health. In 2014, the following statistics represent the population served from which we have received sufficient data: 41% Caucasian, 21% African American, 11% Hispanic, 5% Multi Racial. 66% had some college; 21% had a high school diploma; 13% did not finish high school. 26% of the women served were under the age of 30, 24% were between the ages of 30-37, 17% were between the ages of 38-45, 28% were between the ages of 46-60 and 5% between the ages of 61-80. The average number of children was 1.72.
The area served is the larger metropolitan area of Colorado Springs, Colorado, which makes up most of El Paso County.
Our spiritual partnering has two goals:
Visiting one-on-one with financially vulnerable woman desiring spiritual enhancement.
Woman’s story- a cross-representative partnership of women committed to assisting women to become empowered, mentored and spiritually renewed
The goal of the visit and relationship is to partner with a woman in her spiritual journey according to the mission and values of Women Partnering.
Women Partnering has partnered with individual women, with service organizations that serve women and children, and other groups and organizations including: the All Families Deserve a Chance Coalition, Coalition for Child Support Enforcement, the Center on Law and Policy, Region XIII of Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and local religious and civic groups to address national, state, and county officials, administration and employees in order to identify opportunities to raise awareness and work toward policy change in areas that impact women and children who are financially vulnerable.
In addition, to the multiple organizations with whom we network through Individual Networking, we have partnered with a number of Universities (Aquinas Institute, St. Louis University; Denver University; University of Colorado in Colorado Springs; The National Policy Forum, George Washington University, Washington, DC, Newman University and Regis University) in an effort to create a more complete picture of the issues faced by poor women and children. In addition, we continue to grow our volunteer base.