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Women Supporting Women

Posted by brandnuheavy on February 14, 2011

Long Branch Women's Mutual Support Circle

The Long Branch Women’s Mutual Support Circle met for the first time last Thursday at the TESS Center. The group was formed to promote the exchange of information, ideas, gifts and talents, the building of supportive relationships, and the creation of opportunities for economic empowerment. The first meeting boasted 10 women representing wide-ranging countries of origin from Ethiopia to Honduras.

Victoria shares with group members her hopes for their future.

Victoria, one of the Circle’s organizers, expressed her vision for the group saying, “It’s not something that’s already there, we’re going to build it together. We will show our talents and abilities to others.” As a matter of fact, a large part of the first meeting was devoted to naming some of the gifts and talents that the women possess. Edelsa is a skilled seamstress. Haydee is a great cook. Yemny knows how to cross stitch. Ana wants to share her love of reading.

The members of the group want to meet regularly to learn from each other, be supports to each other, have fun, and perhaps have some small businesses spring up from their time together. The group will meet again on Wednesday, February 16th at the Carroll Avenue Community Center.

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