Local Woman Gets Car

Agency Partnership Provides Local Woman with Reliable Transportation

Eugene and Gloria Lentz of Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church donated a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, a United Way partner agency, earlier this month. Rev. Robert Silber, the Executive Director, asked Rita Purvis, the Financial Education Specialist, if there was someone in our Crisis Assistance Coaching Program that needed reliable transportation. It was determined that there was a perfect match through ECCCM’s partnership with The Women’s Resource Center. Judy Price of Hickory was selected to receive this donation.

Price is involved in the Women2Work Workforce Development Program of the Women’s Resource Center. She was laid off from her job and entered into the program to get back on her feet. She quickly found employment but stayed in the program and went back to school. Price has recently graduated from Catawba Valley Community College with a degree in Networking Technology and is close to completing a degree in Information Systems Security. She will also be graduating from the Women2Work program on July 22. The car will help her save money on gas as she has a long commute to and from work every day.

The Women2Work Program is a year-long program designed to help women find employment and make long term improvements in their lives through life-coaching, financial education, counseling, and the Women2Work Clothing Closet, which gives the women professional clothing to wear to job interviews.

“Studies have shown that lack of transportation is the leading cause of unemployment so we are very excited that we could help alleviate that issue for Judy,” said Rev. Robert Silber, Executive Director of ECCCM.

ECCCM and the Women’s Resource Center have partnered together to eliminate poverty in the area by having the participants of the Women2Work program take ECCCM’s Crisis Assistance Coaching Program, a financial coaching class designed to take clients from crisis to self-reliance. United Way’s investment in the community and ECCCM’s programming has made it possible for ECCCM to grow this essential program that allows these vital partnerships, such as the Women’s Resource Center, to better serve the community. For more information on ECCCM or The Women’s Resource Center visit www.ecccm.org or www.wrchickory.org.

Judy Price, left, receives the keys to her new car, donated by Gloria and Eugene Lentz through ECCCM Left to right: Judy Price, Gloria Lentz, Eugene Lentz

Judy Price, left, receives the keys to her new car, donated by Gloria and Eugene Lentz through ECCCM
Left to right: Judy Price, Gloria Lentz, Eugene Lentz


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