The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women will now expand services in Pinellas County thanks to a new collaboration with St. Petersburg College’s Women on the Way (WOW) Program.
“The Centre for Women was looking for a home in Pinellas County to offer our unique services to help women succeed both personally and professionally,” said Ann W. Madsen, Executive Director of the Centre for Women. “We have found an excellent partner with the Women on the Way Program at St. Petersburg College.”
“The Centre for Women will offer free workshops and counseling for women and men who qualify as ‘displaced homemakers,’ helping them to prepare for and find employment through training and placement programs,” Madsen said. “Additionally, our Women’s Business Centre, funded by a grant from the Small Business Association, will provide workshops and training for aspiring and nascent entrepreneurs.”
The Women’s Business Centre is the only SBA-designated Women’s Business Centre on the West Coast of Florida and serves a six-county area. It also offers services at the Greenhouse in St. Petersburg.
“The Centre for Women is able to broaden our services to serve a greater number of individuals in Hillsborough County, and to now provide more services in Pinellas County as well, thanks to funding from the State’s Office of Economic Opportunity for Displaced Homemakers,” Madsen said.
Displaced Homemakers Programs are distinct from general training and job search programs in that the primary goal is to assist women, and men, in their efforts to achieve lasting economic self-sufficiency. The program helps individuals focus on careers that can provide long-term support and a realistic, livable income for families.
“This program fits in well with the goals of the Women of the Way Program,” said Dr. Linda Hogans, Executive Director of Retention Services at St. Petersburg College. “We have a shared mission to help women succeed both in college and in life, personally and professionally.”
WOW is a resource and support center at the college, developed to help women succeed in college.
“We are excited about this partnership. It comes at a time when the Women on the Way program will be expanding to other campuses to help students succeed,” Dr. Hogans said.
Many women trying to enter or return to college face time and resource challenges. In addition to meeting some basic needs for members, WOW offers opportunities for leadership, friendship and community service. The collaboration with The Centre for Women makes available new, specialized services for students, as well as for other members of the community.
The Centre for Women office will be adjacent to the Dr. Vilma Zalupski Women on the Way Center at the Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew Street. The Centre for Women’s employment services staff will be on campus two days a week. An annual schedule of Women’s Business Centre workshops will be developed as well and will be open to the community.
About The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
Founded in 1977 by Florida’s iconic champion for women, the late Helen Gordon Davis, The Centre for Women is today an innovative nonprofit with a mission to help women in the Tampa Bay Region to succeed personally and professionally. Programs include: Women’s Leadership Programming, Employment Services, Counseling & Wellness, a Women’s Business Centre for entrepreneurs, a Centre for Girls, and a Construction Services Program to help seniors with emergency home repairs and to help women learn the construction trades.
About Women on the Way at St. Petersburg College
Women on the Way (WOW) is a resource and support center at St. Petersburg College developed to help women succeed in college. Services provided by WOW include: scholarship assistance; workshops and seminars; a clothing boutique; a Textbook Lending Library; and access to additional resources and referral information for social services. The program also provides scholarships – administered by the St. Petersburg College Foundation – to students who demonstrate financial need.