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Women's Bean Project Fall 2023 E-Newsletter

FROM THE CEO

Happy Fall!

The end of July marked one year in the new building. This past year has been filled with learning the idiosyncrasies of the building (leaky roof) and settling into the spaces designed for specific uses. The Hub is the area I'm most proud of. In this spot between the administrative and food production spaces we imagined a gathering place for everyone, and it has more than met that goal. From classes that teach healthy eating on a budget, to Community Table, our monthly social gathering of the entire WBP family, to an event spot for volunteers, we use the Hub for special occasions and everyday activities. It is everything we hoped for and then some.

As we had hoped, the additional space has provided the opportunity to hire more women. The wide variety of activities that happen through the phases of the program can now easily be accomodated.

In our strategic plan, to be unveiled publicly this fall, we will set forth a plan to utilize the building in even more ways. Partnerships through which we offer specific training programs to women we do not employ and doing assembly work for other companies are just a couple of the ways we intend to expand our impact and serve more women better in the coming years. We look forward to sharing the plan with you.

We look forward to connecting again as the year winds to a close. Gifts from the holiday season are instrumental in supporting the program services that truly make a difference to the women we serve.

Warmly,

Tamra Ryan

INTRODUCING: SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

TRADING SOUP FOR SUCCESS!

When you commit to a year of seasonal subscription boxes, charged at $75 per box four times a year, you are committing to a year of women who are ready to change their lives. We hire women year-round, and work with them toward stabilization and training. $300 in product sales equates to:

  • Transferrable job skills training
  • Sober and supportive community building
  • Fair wages and full-time employment

In return, $300 gives you:

  • Seasonal WBP products curated by program participants or graduates, shipped anywhere in the country
  • Exclusive collectible items, recipe cards and WBP swag
  • A personalized thank you from our program participants

Each subscription is another steppingstone to self-sufficiency, so spread the love with multiple shipments to your family and loved ones! These exclusive boxes are only available at this price by signing up for a subscription. To secure your founder's rate of $75 per box for life, visit our website or call Marketing & Ecommerce Manager Monica Magee at 303.292.1919 x117.

SUPPORT SELF-SUFFICIENCY FROM AFAR

PARTICIPANT LUNCHES & SNACKS

Every year, the fourth quarter brings excitement and increased demand for our products. While this is an exciting time, it can also put increased stress on the women in our program. For the last two years, the Bean community has generously donated to our lunches and snacks fund in order to provide nutritious meals during the work day.

Your support allows the women to focus on gaining the skills and confidence needed to keep her on the path to personal and economic self-sufficiency. Help to keep our women stress-free and eating healthy throughout the busy season by donating at our special Lunches & Snacks page:

SERVING MORE WOMEN, BETTER

GROWING OUR COMMUNITY ON ALAMEDA

September 5th marked the last hiring date of 2023, ending the year with a cohort of 15 new women entering the program. That brings the total number of new hires for 2023 to 49 participants, the most we have hired in the last 5 years. Our new phased program and dedicated classroom spaces have been essential in maintaining this growth and building a safe, sober community for women in Athmar Park.

After moving into the Bean Factory, we anticipated that the larger space and dedicated classrooms would aide in our ability to serve more women, better. What we did not anticipate was the extent of our increased visibility; over 100 applications were reviewed in the last round of hiring. This means that your product purchases and donations are more important than ever to help us turn away less women and hire bigger cohorts as we grow in promise and extend our reach to any woman who wants to build her future at WBP.

I AM WBP

LARISSA

"I'm from Burkina Faso in West Africa. I moved from Burkina Faso to the US because I had personal problems. I live with my daughter in a two-bedroom apartment. When I ran into issues, my friend suggested I apply to Women's Bean Project.

Because my colleagues don't speak French, I get a lot of help from them in pronunciation and practice in expressing myself in English. And they've really helped me learn to speak English more. The training at Women's Bean Project has helped me discover the world of food preparation and how the American working system functions.

Stability is important to me because I'm a single mom, and first and foremost, I must take care of my daughter. So if I have a stable job and a stable house then I will be happy. I would like to learn English within the year because it will really help me. After Women's Bean Project, I know I will feel fulfilled and complete, and I think that's what every human wants to feel."

COLORADO GIVES DAY 2023

GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

Colorado's largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, takes place on Tuesday, December 5th. Every donation made through the Colorado Gives Day website on this day is boosted by the $1M incentive fund, which increases the value of each gift. For example, if a nonprofit receives 10% of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, that nonprofit receives 10% of the Million Incentive Fund.

This year's goal is to raise $125,000! You can make your gift beginning on November 1st. When you donate to Women's Bean Project, you directly provide life skills classes, job coaching and opportunities for women to change their lives and their family's lives. To receive the incentive boost, you must make your donation on the Colorado Gives website.

Thank you in advance for your support!

CORPORATE GIVING

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK!

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Customize your box with branded inserts, personalized messages, and swag.
  2. Bulk upload shipping addresses on one document - whether it's five or five thousand!
  3. Drop ship anywhere in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
  4. Pay one blanket invoice (Net30 terms available).
  5. Provide wages and transferrable job skills training to women in our program.

WHO IT'S FOR:

  • Company holiday giving
  • Remote onboarding
  • Team member birthdays
  • Employee appreciation
  • Client outreach
  • Conference giveaways
  • And more!

Contact Geoff Lucas, Director of Sales at geoff.lucas@womensbeanproject.com or 303.292.1919 x107 to get a custom quote and place your order.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

DECEMBER 1 AND 2, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

We are so happy to announce our second Holiday Open House on Alameda Avenue on the first Friday and Saturday of December! Join us for two days of WBP treats, music, and exclusive deals on in-store products. This is the perfect time to get your gift shopping done. Our bundles and boxes are the perfect one-step gift for everyone on your list, from coworkers to family and everyone in between!

Thanks for reading!