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NC Job Corps wins national awards
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
May 03, 2010

NC Job Corps wins national awards

NC Job Corps wins national awards
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
May 03, 2010

A Christian Women’s Job

Corps (CWJC) site and participant have been named as the 2010 national Woman’s

Missionary Union (WMU) winners.

BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle

David George, from left, of the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation, Sandra Wright, Christian Women’s Job Corps site winner for Gastonia, Shandale Hodges, individual winner for CWJC, and Jean Roberson of WMU, pose after the WMU-NC annual meeting session where the awards were announced. See video of Wright and Hodges.

National WMU

leaders were on hand during the WMU-NC Missions Extravaganza April 17 to

present the awards through CWJC. State consultant Cara Lynn Vogel also

was part of the presentation.

There were two 2010

winners in North Carolina. Gastonia received the 2010 National WMU Foundation

Site Award and a Raleigh resident was presented the Sybil Bentley Dove Award,

given annually to a current or former CWJC participant who advances herself

through life skills, academic development and faith in God.

CWJC, which began

nationally in 1997 and started in North Carolina in 1999, has 15 official sites

and an affiliate site in South Africa.

Jean Roberson of

national WMU said CWJC and Christian Men’s Job Corps had more than 4,300

participants last year with 18,000 volunteers.

“I view them truly as

heroes among us,” said Roberson about volunteers. They deal with

“violated probations, lost jobs, spiritual darkness, the loneliness that

exists, training, juggling public relations,” etc.

“They do not shy away

from walking into the darkest places.”

Sandra Wright, site

coordinator of CWJC of Gaston County, will receive $641 to help with providing

childcare as well as paper and cleaning products to those transitioning from

being homeless or living with other family members to their own home.

“What a blessing you

will receive” by providing a Christian context for women in need, Wright said.

CWJC of Gaston County offers classes in budgeting as well as a Bible study.

Shandale Hodges will

receive $1,000 to further education or provide for her children. Hodges came to

CWJC thinking it was a job placement service, not knowing the amount of

commitment it would require. With Pat Bryan as mentor, Hodges began

taking classes. She attended Bible study but also learned about budgeting.

“I had to cut out some

unnecessary items in order to provide for my family,” she said.

Bryan, who is retiring

as the site coordinator for Raleigh Baptist Association’s CWJC, received the

national site award in 2008.

Hodges is pursuing a

substance abuse counseling degree and hopes to provide a better future for her

two children.

She said being part of

CWJC taught her about unconditional love.

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