Omega Espresso Bar delights in building our relationship with LifeChange.
Recently, we met over coffee (naturally!) with Gloria Hall, a champion for good and Women’s Director at LifeChange, an outreach of Union Gospel Mission in Portland, Oregon USA. We were joined by a woman currently participating in that program.
Together we discussed the strategy and vision of both organizations—UGM’s residential mentoring programs and Omega Espresso Bar’s mission to give women dignity and a future through hands-on business skills development. Gloria shared this with us:
The women completing our program have received healing and are excited about their new lives in Christ. However, most of them need to develop marketable skills, undergo training, and get help finding employment so they can support themselves and care for their children. Our graduates are allowed to stay for up to one year after graduation while they find jobs, go to school, or get training for new careers—an important aspect of their growth and success.”
Our attending the LifeChange graduation ceremony in Portland in April 2014 beautifully solidified the bonds between us and reinforced the commitment to our common goals.
A recent visit to LifeChange’s facility in Beaverton, Oregon USA brought us face to face with these dear souls. As we sat with Gloria at a table scattered with graduation pictures of these women, she told a few of the stories behind those pictures:
Tammy1 has three children and is overcoming the physical and emotional wounds inflicted by several abusive men. She and her kids are just now embarking on a new life, off the streets and safely within UGM’s housing area.
Kari2 has just graduated and is now studying at beauty school. She’s searching for a job to save money so she can move out on her own.
Heather3 is a single mom learning how to be a loving mother to her newborn baby. She has almost no career training, greatly limiting her employment prospects.
Right now, there are 15 other women at LifeChange in Beaverton, each with a story just like these. And they have children who are looking to their moms for stability and a future.
Gloria shares further:
These women need to find jobs and save money so they can secure their own homes. We are so excited to work with Susan and Janna of Omega Espresso Bar. We have an amazing opportunity to help these women to receive training, income, and careers at Omega, and to be successful in their recovery and healing.”
LifeChange & Omega Espresso Bar: we truly are better together!
Please contribute financially to Omega Espresso Bar as we reach out to these women. You may do so here.