Graduating from BESS: A day to celebrate strength and perseverance


When a women graduates from the intensive 2-week Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) workshop, she is proving to herself that she is no longer a victim. It is a day to celebrate her movement forward into confidence and economic independence.

Wearing one of the outfits picked out from the Career Boutique, the women can’t help but exude pride. Each has her own story and her own past, but all have the same hope for a brighter future. As they stand in front of the class, holding their certificate, many choke back tears while they express how they never thought they would be able to get to this point.

“Thank you so much for helping me on this path and building me up. Mostly, thank you for allowing me to see beyond the abuse and to find self-esteem and self-assurance,” beamed one of the recent graduates.

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