Women's Bean Project

Sabina

We have all these different classes like math, language arts, and financial literacy. My favorite is financial literacy. As a recovering addict, I never knew how to live a normal life, so I learned stuff like how to open a bank account, keep a budget, and do my taxes. I’ve never really had to do that because I’ve always obtained my money illegally, but now I’m doing the right thing.

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Nearly every woman we hire has kids, but she might not have custody due to incarceration or addiction. During the time she’s with us, she’s often trying to reestablish relationships with her kids, and there’s something super powerful about watching your mom go to work and feel good about herself. That impact, that ripple effect, is going to affect those kids forever.

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These women stand tall knowing that the food on the table came from their own paychecks. The dignity that comes from employment can’t be found any other way.

Women's Bean Project

If you have the opportunity in your lifetime to witness the kind of transformation that we get to see here even once, I think you’re super lucky.

Women's Bean Project

It always feels good to be acknowledged. When you know you’re working hard, for people to notice that, it’s satisfying. I know I make a difference here.

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I live at a place for alcohol and drug treatment, and I was at the stage of the program where it was time to seek employment. I have felonies, so I can’t get a job at a normal place. I applied and interviewed at Women’s Bean Project, and they gave me the job. I’m a really fast learner and I take initiative, so after a few months, I’m already a Lead. I’ve started believing in myself. I didn’t think I was capable before I started working here.

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I didn’t feel like I had much to offer coming from 4 years in prison, but I filled out the application. The people here were willing to help me and meet me where I was. I feel like I’ve come a long way, and I see the difference when I look in the mirror every day.

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Women's Bean Project

It was difficult getting out of the house, getting a job and figuring out where my life was headed. What really appealed to me was that Women’s Bean Project focuses on empowering women to become independent and to find their own path in life. They empower our families too, which is important to me because I have five children.

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I wish I had known there were other women who had similar issues who could really understand what I’ve been through. The women here support each other. We make plans and go out and get pedicures and just do things together in a positive way. I’ve never really had that in my life. Doing different things so we get different results.

Women's Bean Project

The programming is a really important part of what we do. These women are able to explore how their criminal history may impact their future opportunities. They learn to talk about that and to be proactive in making better choices.

Women's Bean Project

Helping women become self-sufficient isn’t just financial. It’s about mental and emotional self-sufficiency and learning their intrinsic value. It’s an amazing feeling to watch someone who walked into the room withdrawn and reserved to leave with their head up, knowing what they can do and who they are because they were authentically seen.

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Being here gets me out of the halfway house, and now that I’m working, I get to see my new little baby more often.

Women's Bean Project

When a woman comes to the Bean Project, she spends 70% of her paid time working in the business and 30% of her paid time goes to what we call the “You” job – working on yourself. The combination of those two things teaches her to stand tall, find her purpose, and break the cycle of poverty.

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