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Limited vocational training was available to WomanKind’s emergency shelter residents.


Created 12-session program that challenged residents to plan and pitch for an event that aligned with their vocational aspirations.  This experience was then added to their resumes to enhance their candidacy.

“The work that Shine Foundation has done has been tremendously supportive of the Residents and staff of New York Asian Women’s Center.  One of the staff working closely with Shine, in facilitating the groups, expressed the new perspective that Shine provided on interacting with the clients.  They assisted in building a sense of community not only among the residents but also among the staff.  Due to the activities and that were planned all that were involved had an opportunity to learn not just the content being presented but also to learn about the other participants in the group, creating a sense of  collaboration and camaraderie that would have been difficult to support in any other way.”  – Alena Victor, Director of Shelter Operations, WomanKind (formerly NYAWC)

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Limited, intensive financial planning education is available for HRM’s two-year transitional housing residents.


Designed and delivered 12-session program to build residents’ financial planning behaviors, including goal setting, recording expenses, checking income and creating personal budgets.  All surveyed participants reported increases in financial planning behavior.

“[The Shine Foundation facilitator] was very helpful.  She was the first person to listen to my problems with concern and offer some suggestions.  I felt like I was finally getting the help I’ve been looking for – genuine advice on budgeting.” – HRM Client