The Ladder Alliance Fall 2010 Newsletter by ladderalliance


									Vol. 2                                           The Ladder Alliance                                            Fall 2010

                   She’s Climbing to the Top
T his newsletter would like Theintroduce you to another
wonderful success story of
                                 Ladder Alliance. Her
name is Pamela Jackson and she has been rapidly
“Climbing the Steps to Independence” since her gradua-
tion in March 2007.
Pam was living in her car with her 2 grandchildren, when
she started classes at Ladder. There were many times she
would come to class and you could just see what a struggle
life was for her. However, while she was attending classes
at Ladder, she was chosen to be the recipient of a house
built by Habitat for Humanity. What a blessing this was
for her and her grandchildren. We were all invited to at-
tend her housewarming where she beamed with pride
showing us her brand new home.
Pam also had a job when she started The Ladder Alliance
program. She was employed with Project Earn as the Ad-
ministrative Assistant with the Workforce Solution of Tar-
rant County. But Pamela wanted to have access to even
more opportunities. She decided to take advantage of the
free computer classes that she heard about with “Ladder
Since working with the Workforce Center, Pamela has re-
ceived several promotions and has been recognized by
customers continuously. While she was employed as a
Career Counselor, she worked with unemployed clients
assisting them find work. She referred many clients to The   Pamela Jackson at her desk.
Ladder Alliance during that time.
Pam now works in the Resource Room at the Westside           customers with their resume also. Pam is quick to share
Workforce Center. The Resource Room is a computer lab        how it is so rewarding for her to be able to share the skills
where people can look for a job, write a resume, and get     she learned at Ladder Alliance with other people needing
information about all the workshops. Many of her clients     a helping hand.
don’t know the first thing about how to use a computer
                                                             She’s very grateful to everyone who has taken time to
and it is her job to help them.
                                                             help her and make her life better and to all of those who
She helps them set up email accounts as well as their        believed in her.
accounts on various other job sites. Pamela assists
Volunteer Spotlight                                                            From the Director

                                                                               T his is a wonderful time of
                                                                               year. We finally have a break
                                                                               from the relentless summer heat,
                                                                               children are back in school and
                                                                               we are getting into our fall rou-
                                                                               tines. The Ladder Alliance has
                                                                               started new classes and students
                                                                               are excited and optimistic about
R on     and Tiffany Cason epito-      the newly leased facility for Ladder.   their futures.
mize what it is to be a committed
                                       Currently, Ron serves as President      Ladder Alliance is buzzing with
board member for a nonprofit or-
                                       of the board and Tiffany is Treas-      activity as every classroom is full
ganization. They both go above
                                       urer. They both have a strong pas-      of women who are eager to im-
and beyond to not only help Lad-
                                       sion for helping the women of The       prove their marketable skills and
der’s clients, but to serve in so
                                       Ladder Alliance succeed and have        incomes. The free computer
many other ways such as organiz-
                                       enjoyed watching the confidence         skills training classes meet twice
ing clothing drives at their respec-
                                       Sharon Cox helps instill in the stu-    a week for seven months and
tive places of employment.        In
                                       dents. Sharon has planted the seed      classrooms are available for prac-
fact, they even tied Ladder into
                                       in each one of the ladies that not      tice between sessions. Students
their daughter’s first birthday by
                                       only are they ABLE to achieve self      learn Keyboarding, Word, Excel,
having all the guests bring a purse
                                       -sufficiency, but that they deserve     Internet and Email. Child care
for the Success Store instead of a
                                       it as well.                             and dinner are free to partici-
gift for their daughter!
                                                                               pants and teams of volunteers
                                       Ron is a Manager of Applications        prepare the dinners. The Success
Tiffany became involved with The
                                       for Pier 1 Imports and has been         Store is brimming with donations
Ladder Alliance over three years
                                       with Pier 1 for over 11 years. Tif-     of professional clothing for inter-
ago as Ladder was a client of hers
                                       fany now works at BBVA Com-             views and work. In addition,
at Wachovia Bank. She noticed
                                       pass as Vice President of Commer-       some are working to complete
there was a need for IT help and
                                       cial Banking and has been with          their GEDs at the Ladder Alli-
got her husband Ron, who was an
                                       them for over 2 years. Ron and          ance.
IT manager at Pier 1, involved as
                                       Tiffany have two precious daugh-
well. Ron immediately jumped in
                                       ters, Presley Grace who is 18           We are very proud of these ser-
and recruited several of his co-
                                       months old and Landry Faith who         vices and the difference we make
workers to help install the com-
                                       was born in August of this year.        in the lives of victims of
puter system for the classrooms at                                                                (Continued on page 3)
  Teen Girls Gain Computer Skills                                                   Ladder Alliance
                                                                                    Golf Tournament

                                                                                    Persistence pays off! After six years, they
                                                                                    come in first in the tournament! Mark
                                                                                    Wolstromer, Adam Plumbley (board mem-
  Proud graduates with their new computers                                          ber) and Dayne Albright, Tom Plumbley
T   his summer, The Ladder Alliance piloted a new program underwritten by           (not pictured).
the Amon G. Carter Foundation. The program is designed to teach low in-
                                                                                       Thank you to the following
come teen girls computer skills. The purpose is to teach skills needed to help
                                                                                         sponsors for making the
them in school and assist them in obtaining employment.
                                                                                      8th Annual Golf Tournament
Students participated for three hours four mornings a week for six weeks                      a SUCCESS!
where they learned Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email as it relates
to business use. Rhonda Sparks, a business computer applications teacher in
Birdville ISD was their instructor and really enjoyed working with a small
group where they received lots of individualized help.

Five teen girls completed the program and all met the requirements to be des-
ignated Top of the Ladder where they earned a refurbished computer. The
end of “school” was capped off by a day at Main Event where girls, instructor
and staff all participated in laser tag, bowling and lots of video games.

Much was learned through the pilot that will be applied to the program next
year. Recruiting has already begun for next summer. If you know of a young
woman who could benefit from learning computer skills, please call The Lad-
der Alliance office at 817-834-2100 for more information.

                     (Continued from page 2)   Ladder Alliance and the women
                                               we serve are grateful to the vol-
  domestic violence and low in-                unteers, members of the board
  come women. We see successes                 of directors and the supporters
  every single day…women who                   who make it possible to provide
  have worked hard to improve                  free quality programs which im-
  their earning power and get well             prove the lives of women and
  paying jobs to provide for their             children. We are especially grate-
  families. Effective collaborations           ful for your generous donations.                 Jerry Jones
  address the many unique needs                You are the heartbeat of Ladder
  of our clients and their children.           Alliance and you make a differ-
                                               ence every single day.
                             Mission                                         Board Members
   The Ladder Alliance provides women victims of                             Ron Cason – Chairman
domestic violence or low-income women with the tools                         Anna Lee Caudry – Secretary
 to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives.                     Tiffany Cason – Treasurer
                                                                             Romy Basil
                                                                             Sally Burt
                  Ladder Alliance Wish List
                                                                             Holly Calderon
   Help provide Christmas dinner for annual holiday party                   Stephanie Corrigan, CPA
   Either cash donations or specific gifts for holiday gifts for students   Phil Garcia
   Age appropriate toy for children’s Christmas party…                      Cindy Hayes
    Santa delivers them!
                                                                             Kendal Smith Lake
   Plan and prepare a dinner meal for 25-30 students
                                                                             Dr. Gilbert Marez
   Disposable plates, cups and plastic ware for dinner
                                                                             Adam Plumbley
   Gently used women’s professional attire
                                                                             Linda White
   Office supplies
    (pens, reams of different colored paper, dry erase markers, etc)
   Supplies for childcare services                                          Executive Director
                                                                             Sharon Cox
    (movies either VHS or CD, craft supplies, etc.)

To top