By Laurin Stroud
Tuesday, Nov. 5 was truly a Night of Hope.
Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) held its 7th annual fundraiser at Salem Baptist Church in Trenton. The event included a silent auction of close to 200 items, a catered meal, music and entertainment by Jay Griggs of Endless Highway, two speakers, and a fashion show.
Over 200 people attended and helped raise about $7,800 for the ministry, which includes a new transition home in Trenton that leaders hope to open soon.
One of the speakers, Angel Dycus, director of Transitions in Dyersburg, gave her testimony of how she grew up in an unstable home, went to jail, and used Transitions to help her get her life back together. She has been clean for 10 years. Lisa Massengill spoke about how she did not want to minister to women behind bars, but she felt like it was God’s calling for her. One of the key ministries of CWJC is its jail outreach to women in the Gibson County Correctional Complex.
Women who choose to go through the CWJC program take a rigorous, Bible-based course while incarcerated and can graduate upon completion. The CWJC transition home will offer some of the women a place to stay after they are released from jail, helping them find jobs and get back on their feet so they can be successful and productive members of their communities.
CWJC also teams with local dentists to help clients in need of dental work get their teeth fixed at no cost.
“This is thousands of dollars’ worth of dental work that these dentists are donating,” CWJC Director Christy Skelton said.
The fashion show consisted of several young ladies who were all decked out in clothing from Twice Blessed, the thrift store located in Davy Crockett Mall in Trenton that benefits CWJC’s programs. Many of the outfits were name brand and were new with tags still intact. Twice Blessed accepts new or gently used clothing as well as household items, toys, and more.
CWJC is a nonprofit. To volunteer or for more information, call 731-855-3305.