We are so grateful to God that we have been able to bless the women of WellHouse with paying jobs during the Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter seasons. We partnered with Clerestory and its Jobs for Life program which provides employment training, job opportunities, free legal services, cars and a matching savings program for people who are hard to place because of addictions, poor job skills, spotty employment records, inappropriate work behavior and lack of motivation.

I am pleased to see that the women who worked with first fruits have moved forward with their lives. All the women we helped are now either working full-time or have chosen career paths and are working toward their goals. They learned valuable lessons in appropriate work behavior and were given the opportunity to develop their abilities by selling and assembling beautiful baskets, giving presentations, making speeches and processing orders. The Clerestory family was so generous in supporting and encouraging the women.

Sometimes all the women need are small confidence boosters to help them take that next step to become responsible, contributing people. Our structured, sheltered, Christ-centered work environment helps them learn appropriate work behavior without the risk of being fired. Because so many of the women we work with have suffered from severe trauma, they bring unnecessary drama and strife to the workplace which would not be tolerated by an employer. Our goal is to help teach them that an employer is looking for someone to do a job well and to be an asset to the company.

Our partnership with Clerestory was blessed because we are of the same mindset, and we reinforced each other’s efforts to “grow up” the women in the program. When ministries collaborate and work together in unity, we bring different but necessary resources to better help those we serve.

Our ministries believe that we are to give a “hand up,” not a “hand out” to those capable of working. We believe God intended all of us to become responsible, contributing members of society, that we are to work. … and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
I Thessalonians 4:11-12.

Our bakers have been hard at work too! Many, many thanks to Janet Allen for training our group to make vintage chocolate Easter bars and white chocolate lamb and carrot pops. Nina and Belinda had great fun preparing the chocolates and our Easter basket buyers were thrilled to have small batch artisanal chocolates in their baskets! We’re now preparing for our Spring and Summer sales at Pepper Place. In addition to our Apple Spice tea cakes (miniloaves), we’ll be offering Blueberry Citrus and Chocolate.

I thank you for your support- buying baskets and baked goods, volunteering, providing transportation, working side by side with the women we help, and donating to our ministry.

May God bless you. Marsha Drennen