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Nacogdoches initiative reaches out to help rebuild men's lives


For 8 years, the Christian Women's Job Corps in Nacogdoches has taken up the mission of teaching life and job skills.

Offices are under renovation so program leaders can help rebuild men's lives.

"Actually give them skills to do other things that will benefit not only them, but others," said James Covington, electrician and volunteer.

The mission has worked for hundreds of women. The men will also receive instruction, encouragement and ultimately confidence to move from dependency to self-sufficiency.

"You know, everybody needs to feel really positive and good about themselves," said student Vanessa Ross.

No doubt there is a need to be met.

"One of the ways that I came most aware of it is from the women we serve because they have men in their lives who they love. They have husbands. They have boyfriends. They have sons and they very often ask about these services for the men in their lives," said Helen Stevens, Executive Director.

Men's Job Corps program director Boris Caldwell is grateful to Drewery construction and tree services for providing the office space.

 He's also appreciative of Westminster Presbyterian Church for work volunteers.

Caldwell says there's still lots of places where a person can help out.

"The same we're using volunteer labor to do the work, we need volunteers to serve in the classroom as mentors," said Caldwell.

The ministry's importance is measured by the overall result.

Men helping men find a new purpose in life can have far reaching results.

The Christian Men's Job Corps will be conducting a needs assessment.

Applications for classes this fall are being accepted and reviewed.

For more information, please call (936) 564-2952.

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