Hope Center

The Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministries' Hope Center provides Christian counseling through the NMBCH’s Hope Counseling ministry and serves as the program center for the Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps of Portales, a ministry of the Women’s Missionary Union.

PORTALES (BNM) – For over 20 years, Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps (CWJC/CMJC) have equipped women and men, in a Christian context, for life and employment.

Through CWJC sites, thousands of women each year gain self-confidence, purpose, direction and hope for their future. The program offers life skills, high school equivalency diploma preparation, English as a second language, computer classes, Bible study, mentoring and job readiness skills. The program has changed lives all around New Mexico.

The first CWJC site in New Mexico, located in Farmington and directed by Jackie Johnston, was active for several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2010, Women of Worth (CWJC) started at Noon Day Ministry, Albuquerque, with Joy Smith as the coordinator. In 2014, Bridge to Hope CWJC launched in Portales in conjunction with the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministry. Teresa Howard has served as Bridge to Hope’s site cooridinator sinces its beginning. Bridge to Hope now has a classroom site for women and men, and a detention center ministry for both women and men.

Currently, there are nine CWJC sites and seven CMJC sites across six cities in New Mexico, from Deming to Raton. The training reached completion in five other cities where sites will soon launch. Connie Dixon, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s WMU director and a CWJC coordinator and Teresa Howard, are both National CWJC/CMJC Trainers.

National Certification Training is required to launch a site. The goal of the National Certification Training for site coordinators is to equip prospective site coordinators to plan, develop, operate and evaluate a Christian Women’s Job Corps ministry.

National Certification Training planned for this year begins March 13-14 at the Family Ministry Building, Portales; June 26-27, September 25-26, and November 6-7. These will be Level 1 training opportunities. Prerequisites for the Job Corps program Equips women and men (continued from page 1) training are to complete the online course “Getting to Know CWJC/CMJC,” which will lay a foundation for the Level 1 training.

In addition, two books are required reading prior to the training, “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty,” by Bill Ehlig and Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. and “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself,” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. The deadline for the March 13-14 training is March 6 at the cost of $50.00 for New Mexico participants and $100 for out of state participants. Late registration honored by available space.

You may download a registration form at https://www.nmbch.com/christian-men-s-women-s-job-corps/ or register by emailing Connie Dixon.

If you would like to become involved in the work of the CWJC/CMJC program, whether as a participant or volunteer or to find out more about the upcoming training, please contact: Connie Dixon at (575) 760-1603 or email cdixon@nmbch.com or Teresa Howard at (575) 226-3759 or email cwjcportales@gmail.com.

Joy Pittman is circulation assistant with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.