n Learn about upcoming classes at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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HED: Northeast Mississippi Christian Women's Job Corps

1742 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo

Call (662) 840-9007 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

BY CHARITY GORDON

Daily Journal

TUPELO - The church often does a good job at offering spiritual solutions, but area Baptist women also provide more tangible means of helping women.

Northeast Mississippi Christian Women's Job Corps, a ministry of the Women's Missionary Union through the Lee County Baptist Association, equips women in need to find better lives and improved employment opportunities.

Cathy Davis, director of the Christian Women's Job Corps in Tupelo, says the organization helps women in the region make good changes.

"Last year we served around 60 women," she said. "Less than a third of those enrolled in our classes, but the others we pray with, hold Bible studies for and show where community resources are."

Spring classes

At 10 a.m. Tuesday the group will hold an orientation meeting at its 1742 Cliff Gookin Blvd. office for its spring session, which begins March 20. The eight-week class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.

The Job Corps, which began in 1997, is not a job service, but it does provide training in computers, communications, sewing, food and nutrition, money management, career development and other job-readiness skills. It also offers Bible study and a mentor relationship for participants.

Amanda Kirby took the class three years ago. At the time the current ambassador at the North Mississippi Medical Center wasn't employed.

"The class was very interesting," she said. "You learn a lot of stuff. I learned how to sew and computer skills."

Davis says the ministry is always looking for volunteers, especially to provide lunches, child care and transportation.

"We also always have a need for strong Christian women to mentor," she said.

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