Event focuses on self-sufficiency, jobs for women

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One group of El Paso County women will reach out to another today, encouraging self-sufficiency and, perhaps, changing lives forever.

Women Helping Women, a half-day event, takes place from 8 am. to 1 p.m. today at the Community Partnership for Child Development center at 2330 Robinson Street.

It targets those who are new or returning to the workforce as well as individuals transitioning from Department of Human Services’ cash assistance.

In addition to the event’s three organizing groups – the El Paso County Department of Human Services, Goodwill Industries and the Colorado Federation of Republican Women – participants will include make-up artists and hair stylists, clothing specialists and a number of prospective employers, ready to hire, said El Paso County spokeswoman Jennifer Brown in a statement.

Women who have already received help will be also be on hand to talk about what they experienced as they looked for jobs in the current economy.

With unemployment continuing to rise, Commissioner Sallie Clark said the organizers’ goal was to reach out to less fortunate women, helping them prepare for employment interviews and giving them practical tips on maintaining jobs once employed.