The safety of Richmond and its neighboring communities has taken a giant leap forward with the West County Family Justice Center (WCCFJC) announcement of two new programs aimed at promoting violence-free futures for local community members.
Based in Richmond, the West County Family Justice Center is launching Project Connect and the WINGS (Women Inspired to Grow and Succeed) Leadership Academy in April and May, respectively, at its headquarters; the free program sessions are held in English and seating is limited to 15 people each.
“Project Connect and WINGS are designed to further connections between the Family Justice Center and the community, so we’re excited to continue to build these bridges,” said Elizabeth Wilmerding, director of Project Connect.
As Wilmerding alluded, Project Connect’s goal is to foster WCCFJC’s own connections within the community while also providing a forum for networking and capacity building among participants via ongoing gatherings. The next gathering, slated for April 23 from 12-1 p.m., is open to any community member or service provider who feels allied with Family Justice Center efforts to support the healing of survivors of violence.
Set to kick off May 6 from 6-8 p.m., WCCFJC’s WINGS Leadership Academy is a weekly workshop series lasting seven weeks that helps build self-sufficiency in survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking/exploitation. WINGS workshops will focus on career development, educational opportunities and financial literacy while also helping participants set and achieve goals toward becoming leaders in their families and communities. Emotional support will also be provided. This free resource is currently available only to female participants, as female empowerment and independence are key curriculum components.
The new West Contra Costa County Family Justice Center programs are extraordinary, life-altering resources for anyone who has been a victim of violence in our community,” said For Richmond Public Safety Committee Chair Detective Hector Esparza. “If you have been victimized and need support, don’t hesitate—sign up today.”
What: Project Connect and WINGS Leadership Academy.
When: Project Connect 4/23 from 12-1 p.m. WINGS begins on 5/6 from 6-8 p.m. and continues weekly for seven weeks. Both programs will be held in English and require advance registration.
Where: WCCFJC, 1210 Hilltop Mall Road, Richmond.