Teach a Woman to Fish …

Four months ago, Women4given’s members voted “yes” to award a grant of $5,000 to Beacon Ecumenical Ministries of Belleville, Illinois. Just this week, we had the opportunity to present the grant in person.

Beacon has been around for two decades, connecting people in need to vital services in our community. This grant supports the founding of Beacon’s Life Coaching Ministry, which takes their services a big step further by counseling clients who desire to get their families out of chronic crisis and/or desperate circumstances.

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from left: Marsha Heffner (W4G president), Theresa Cavalier (Grants Task Force), Emily Climaco (W4G exec. director), and Rev. Conrad Steinhoff (Beacon exec. director)

Rev. Conrad Steinhoff, executive director of Beacon, estimates that 65 to70% of their clientele are women—mothers, grandmothers, caregivers. By obtaining life coaching from a team of professional counselors, Beacon’s clients will learn practical skills tailored to their needs, as well as the benefit of accountability.

In short, Beacon will offer a hope-filled plan for the future rather than just a handout.

A well-known proverb states, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Beacon’s Life Coaching Ministry will teach men and many women to fish.

Women4given is honored to be part of this new endeavor, and we pray for a bountiful catch!

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