Kim Cox first learned about NOSW when she saw a small article about the program in a magazine about 20 years ago. “I had been supporting a number of global missions, and the article made me realize the huge need in my own country,” Kim ... [Continue reading]
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In the spring of 2022, NOSW received a message from Kanisha Hughey, human resources manager with Firestone Industrial Products in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The company wanted to know more about the program and how they might support it. Sister ... [Continue reading]
Alys Smith believes in the power of women working together to strengthen communities. “We need to reach out to pull each other up wherever we can,” she says. “Because when you help one woman, you’ve actually helped a lot of women.” An attorney ... [Continue reading]
As a federal judge, Jennifer Coffman saw many defendants in front of her bench. One day she met a woman whose confidence was so low she couldn’t make eye contact. The probation officer recommended that this woman attend the New Opportunity School for ... [Continue reading]
Veronica Gayle learned early that you can always make a difference. Her mother, Berta Gayle, raised nine children, encouraging them all to pursue their dreams. Berta always wanted to better herself and consistently helped others do the same, Veronica ... [Continue reading]
Anne Blakeney first learned of the New Opportunity School for Women in the late 1980s. She says she was “awestruck” by the difference the program could make in a woman’s life. Anne grew up in Morristown, Tennessee. Her early career took her to ... [Continue reading]
Anne Christensen and Jeannie Christensen Fischer speak with love and admiration of their big sister, Katherine Christensen. “She was funny with a very dry, scholarly sense of humor,” says Anne (at right in photo). “We would joke about how she ... [Continue reading]
When Angela Anderson speaks of her mother, she uses words like “fierce” and “powerful.” “The thing that really struck me about my mom was that she was a really powerful woman, but she didn’t have a lot of opportunity. And watching her struggle was ... [Continue reading]
NOSW graduates might see themselves in Janet Holloway’s story. Like them, Janet has achieved goals by working hard, believing in herself and uplifting other women. “I do believe that education and mentoring in some form are the keys for women’s ... [Continue reading]
By Elizabeth Hein Akey Executive Director’s note: This beautiful reflection on Elizabeth’s mother shows that so many of our donors have faced challenges similar to those facing the women in our programs—or have known someone with low self-esteem ... [Continue reading]
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