Bethany House and WEI Partner to Empower Guests

As an extension of Bethany House’s Transitional Services, we’ve established a partnership with the Women’s Empowerment Institute (WEI) to empower our guests with job skills training and professional development. WEI was established in 2018 with the sole purpose of helping women gain meaningful employment that fundamentally changes their lives by improving their socioeconomic status. This helps reduce their need for social welfare support and improves the quality of life for themselves and their loved ones.

During this past year, Bethany House guests successfully completed the program and have been paired with mentors.  They are now in the process of preparing plans to continue their college education and begin their job search.  The guests found the training program to be very helpful in improving their job skills and are both very excited about their future! 

“As we began planning our Transitional Services Programs, we were looking to establish strategic partnerships with other like-minded and mission-driven organizations that could provide resources, skills, and networks that we were not able to provide on our own. WEI filled all of those needs perfectly and we are delighted with the progress we’ve already achieved,” said John Galante, Board of Directors Chairperson for Bethany House.

The Founder and Executive Board President of WEI, Gina Avila, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Bethany House guests. We have seen tremendous growth from both of them and look forward to seeing what the next few months has in store for them as they continue their education and job interviews. We look forward to meeting the next group of Bethany House guests that will be joining our program. Thank you, Bethany House for allowing us to be on their journey. The women who graduate from our program are empowered to reach their full potential because at WEI, “WE build a stronger “I”.

"We look forward to a long and successful partnership with WEI and we continue to expand and develop our Transitional Services for our guests.  This program will be sure to have a very positive impact on many lives, now and in the future," said Douglas O'Dell, Executive Director for Bethany House.  

For more information about WEI, please visit: https://www.wei-ny.org