YWCA La Crosse

Employment Readiness and Training

Challenged by their past, beginning their future

When a woman has faced alcohol and other drug addictions and/or incarceration, it can be especially difficult for them to reenter the workforce. They are challenged by their past while trying to begin their future. YWCA La Crosse's Employment Readiness and Training Program helps women in our area make this transition by providing them ongoing work experience at designated job sites in the Coulee Region. They receive ongoing training to better their work skills from our program coordinator, and YWCA La Crosse continues to make contact with local landlords who hire the agency and women to clean apartments for pay. It is an experience that teaches these women responsibility and respect, while providing them with experience to find other employment after the program’s completion.When a woman has a lapse in employment due to such factors as alcohol and other drug addictions,

The Employment Readiness and Training Program is designed to empower women to achieve, despite obstacles that may have caused them challenges in the past. The program provides them with the opportunity to enter the workforce and begin making money, while receiving training that will allow them to quickly advance their skills into permanent positions. This provides them with opportunity and allows them to reach self-sufficiency. The women meet weekly at Job Club where they develop skills that they are able to then utilize on the job later that week. Through continued growth and development they learn how to be a valued employee and are able to make mistakes without losing their job. The ability to keep the job through YWCA La Crosse allows them to relearn good employee skills and obtain future employment thereby becoming productive and contributing citizens in this community.

Women in the program work at YWCA La Crosse's business, WE Shine.

For more information, contact Melanie Hamel at (608) 781-2783, ext. 221, or email mhamel@ywcalax.org.