Anat, divorced with 3 children from Yokneam
Today: a chef
“It’s a must for any woman who needs to move on emotionally, or in general. It’s not an easy process because it means making a change in your self-awareness, but I highly recommend it.”
Anat joined the Employment Empowerment program when she was working only a few hours a week as a caregiver for the elderly. Anat needed a permanent job and more hours so she could make a decent living and have stability in her life. Because she had a pastry chef diploma, for extra cash she would sell baked goods on the holidays. When we conducted an employment assessment, we learned that Anat was interested in further pursuing what she had studied in the past.
As part of her employment plan, Anat received individual mentoring and took part in group workshops for about a year. They helped her focus, better understand her strengths and abilities, and take the necessary steps for achieving her employment goal. She also received assistance in a number of other areas. After her hours working with the elderly were cut back, she was referred to the trade union that helped her obtain a letter saying that she’d been fired and was entitled to severance pay. Additionally, in view of Anat’s desire to acquire more professional tools for working in the catering business, she was referred to the WIZO daycare center in her city, which hired her as a full-time cook and as a caregiver for the children when needed. Anat was also hired to work in WIZO’s summer camps.
Furthermore, Anat received coaching from the Paamonim Association, which helped her better manage her household finances. She also took a computer course held in collaboration with the Tapuach Association, where a volunteer from OREX-Carestream Ltd. helped her study and practice the subject matter.
According to Anat, apart from her upgraded employment status, she is able to apply the tools she acquired in the program in all the other facets of her life, making a positive impact on her relationships at home. She adds: “It’s a must for any woman who needs to move on emotionally, or in general. It’s not an easy process because it means making a change in your self-awareness, but I highly recommend it.”