Each year, Waypoint upholds its rich tradition of recognizing women for their personal, professional, and civic contributions to the community through Tribute to Women of Achievement. Reflecting Waypoint’s mission of inspiring people to move forward, these women are agents of change in the Corridor through their innovations, organizational enhancements, leadership, and service to others. Their efforts demonstrate the positive influence and impact women have in our community every day. To date, over 1,500 women have been recognized for their achievements.
After being recognized at Tribute, honorees are invited to join the Tribute Honor Society. Membership dues for the society help fund the Women Helping Women Scholarships which are awarded to women facing homelessness, poverty, or domestic violence. Recipients must be utilizing Waypoint’s programs and be working hard to achieve their goals related to education, professional development, and/or basic needs.
2019 Scholarship Recipients (please note: names have been changed for confidentiality reasons)
Sasha worked hard to keep her family together and maintain peace in her home, despite emotional abuse from her partner. When the abuse turned physical, she and her children fled their home with the few belongings they could take with them. She connected with Waypoint and was provided with emotional support, counseling, and help finding a place to live. This scholarship will lessen Sasha’s financial burden as she works to create stability for her family.
Tina’s son, Ryker, has been enrolled in KidsPoint Child Care for many years. Last fall, Tina’s husband was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given a week to live. He is still alive, but has rapidly declined to the point where he can no longer drive, work, or remember who his wife and son are. Tina has become the family’s primary source of income and is working hard to provide for her family while paying her husband’s medical bills. This scholarship will help Tina’s family maintain stability during this difficult time and allow Ryker to continue attending KidsPoint Child.
Anika and her family were homeless and staying at Waypoint’s Madge Phillips Center Shelter. With the support of her Housing Specialist, she quickly secured child care, a full-time job, and her own apartment. Eventually, Anika and her family were able to move into a nicer apartment in a better neighborhood. Recently, however, Anika became the primary provider for her family of five children all under eight years-old. She now works two jobs and is struggling to pay her rent. This scholarship will help her maintain her housing while regaining the stability she once had.
Thank you to the 2019 Tribute Honor Society members who made these scholarships possible:
Helen B. Arnold
Teri Gibson Copler
Jo Ellen Haddad
Gale J. Mote
Mary Nelson, MD
Carla A. Schulz, MD