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NAPO-NY Embraces the First Step Job Training Program


Contact: Anna Lieber
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NAPO-NY Embraces the First Step Job Training Program

First Step empowers homeless women and single mothers to reach self-sufficiency through hands-on job training, internships, job placement, mentoring and social service support. First Step benefits every member of the family through these programs. NAPO-NY is honored to be a part of these efforts. Its support of First Step began as a one-day project in 2000 to organize their offices, clothing donation storage room and supply room, and now includes bimonthly workshops as part of the 14-week job training curriculum. NAPO-NY's members currently teach critical organizing, paper management and time management skills and their involvement in First Step is currently overseen by chapter member Jaclyn Gross.

Over the past 11 years, NAPO-NY volunteers have periodically reorganized the clothing storage room. With the help of chapter volunteers, the clothing storage room was recently relocated and transformed into a "Boutique" to house the donated business attire that is used to outfit members of the program for job interviews. The NAPO-NY team sorted the clothing, hung or folded it, and placed shoes and bags on shelves. Volunteers pictured below include Gary Mindlin, Gail Furgal, Wendy Glickstein, Heather Warren-Dombrowa, Wendy Samuel, Pat Steele (wardrobe consultant) and Karen Guccione.

First Step Director Diana Olaizola was totally amazed by the finished organized space: "Words can't begin to describe how pleased we are with the work that was done by the NAPO-NY volunteers. All of the items are arranged by category and size so that the women can very easily find their size and quickly start trying on the clothing." Planning is now under way to add "boutique workshops" to the curriculum.

Sharon Lowenheim, President of NAPO-NY, says, "Organizers are in the business of transforming lives. It's such a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in the First Step program and help to transform the lives of these at-risk women. We are proud to be associated with First Step."

NAPO-NY applauds First Step's efforts in empowering women to help themselves and their families to lead productive, successful lives.

About NAPO-NY: NAPO-NY is the New York chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, the world's premier professional community dedicated to serving the interests and development of professional organizers. Founded in 1987, NAPO-NY is over 100 members strong and boasts a diverse array of organizing consultants, speakers, trainers, authors and manufacturers of organizing products who provide organizing services to individuals, families and businesses throughout the New York metropolitan area.

About First Step: First Step's innovative 14-week curriculum includes over 75 hours of computer instruction, along with literacy workshops, communication and interpersonal skills development, and other hands-on activities that give students a thorough, practical understanding of the job market and workplace. Each year First Step helps hundreds of women achieve a newfound sense of self-esteem and direction. The program has proven to be highly effective. Last year, approximately two-thirds of enrollees graduated, successfully completing both the classroom and internship portions of the program, of which 75 percent secured full-time employment.