Why is the project needed?
The project is the only program for women on the Human Services Campus and is also one of the onlyhomeless peer-run organizations in Phoenix. The project is needed because it provides a safe space for
women who have experienced many types of trauma to address the issues and barriers they face in aculturally sympathetic manner. Many of the services offered by Women of Wealth address very sensativeissues such as regaining parental rights and addressing the criminal justice system. WOW runs theseprograms without blame or shame, because members have
experienced shared and similar traumas.
Who will benefit directly from this project?
Women on the Campus experiencing homelessness, as well as women in other facilities, will benefit directly
from the project. The greatest portion of the budget goes directly to housing subsidies for women who need
help with deposits or rent. The second-largest amount of money goes towards a stipend for Tillie McKoy, who
has been elected director. In addition, the project seeks to develop the leadership capacity of other womenin the group by providing internships for interns who will be elected by the group. Women on the Campus
and other locations will meet in group and privately 3+ days a week to solve
private issues women face.
Who initiated the project and how will they be involved?
Tillie McCoy and a number of other women initiated the group in 2009 because they saw the need to havea women's group on the Human Services Campus, the primary provider for many homeless services inPhoenix.
Penny Wise was elected the first Director, and later
Tillie was elected to be Director.
How did the group come together?
The group came together in 2009
after Tillie McCoy and others who lived at the Watkins Overflow Shelter and at Central Arizona Shelter Services realized the lack of services for women, which included not evenhaving basic feminine hygeine products such as pads and tampons. The members wanted to create a groupwhere women who experienced homelessness could come for a safe space, to enjoy themselves, to
themselves, and to achieve their life goals.
The group identified particular needs including
Probation/Parole, MVD, Counseling, Pregnancy, Mentoring, Incentive Programs, andScholarships.
Who owns and controls the project
The Women of Wealth members own and control the project, but are hosted by the Lodestar Day Resource Center and Arizona Organizing Project (Fiscal Sponsor: Atwood Health). Tillie McCoy was elected Director and thenstrengthened the group through an Americorps internship as the first homeless woman to go through Americorps.If we recieve this grant (our first), we would manage project money via our board and with the oversight of the
Director and interns. We would present women in the group with financial reports to encourage
The Project Goal & Objectives: (In 2-3 sentences)
What is the project goal? (What will be different because of what the group is trying to do?)
The goal of the project is to expand and increase the capacity of Women of Wealth as an organization. The goals of theproject include increasing homeless women's access to housing via scholarships, to nurture self-esteem and empowerment,strengthen programs addressing family reunification and reentry, to expand to two locations or more
, to offer weekly self-esteem,empowerment, craft, and skills developing meetings at bothe the Lodestar Day Resource Center and the Arizona OrganizingProject's community center. The project aims to help women to improve their status and condition, to achieve housing, stability,inner peace, improved relations with family members, employment, and empowerment by helping themselves and other peers.
How long do you expect it to take to reach the stated goal?
roject is ongoing and runs consistently througout the year. The goal of continuing and expanding the group to other locations is already underway. The goal of strengthening family reunificaton, reentry, and housing programs would begin inMonth 1 after funding and strengthened program would be fully developed by Month 6. Evaluation of the results of the programand womens' perceptions of the program would occur quarterly in Month 1, Month 4, Month 7, and Month 10. Reaching the statedgoal of achieving measurable results from strengthened program would occur at Month 12.
Describe the results you expect to achieve by the end of the funding period
:10-15 women would be awarded housing scholarships; 3 women would go through year-long internships; 5-10 women will bereunited with their children; 10 women will address reentry problems, meetings will be held weekly at 2 or more locations;
20 or more women will be assited withother problems they face such as literacy, training, finding access to resources; evaluationswill show increasing program success and increasing approval from women in the group.