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About 2018-10-31T16:04:48+00:00

WE BELIEVE IN YOU

The Women’s Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency that has provided women (and men) with life skills training, career planning and educational scholarships in Manatee & Sarasota Counties for over 35 years. We assist thousands of women in creating independent lifestyles by identifying problems, enrolling them in programs, and connecting them to appropriate resources they need.

Our clients are diverse: from women seeking their GEDs to those with PhDs… from women in need of housing to women investing in real estate… from women worrying about their next paycheck to those preparing for retirement.  No challenge is too great or too small.

WRC is dedicated to providing direction to women of all generations by inspiring, educating and supporting them through life’s transitions. Each month, more than 250 women arrive at the door of the Women’s Resource Center seeking help.  Just like all of us have experienced at one time or another, they have reached one of life’s turning points and come to us seeking a fresh start.  Whether coping with difficult family situations, concerned about finances, or simply seeking opportunities for personal growth – we are here to help on your personal journey.

Every week at the Center you can participate in a variety of programs such as individual, couples and group counseling, career coaching, informational workshops/seminars, yoga classes, computer classes and more.

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OVER THE YEARS

President & CEO Ashley Brown

A MESSAGE FROM ASHLEY

A new era begins at the Women’s Resource Center as the merger of the Manatee and Sarasota Centers became official January 1, 2017.

While we are excited about the completion of the merger, the reality is the work is just beginning! We are embarking on the exciting task of creating a unified brand, including this new website, our beautiful new logo, expanded social media presence, and unified messaging. Most importantly it includes our programming. Our goal is to leverage the best of our programming throughout the entire region.

Stay posted on our programs and progress by following us on your preferred social networks!

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

The power and the strength that women possess is truly unbelievable. Sometimes life gets in the way of that. Sometimes we need that hand up in order to reconnect with that power and strength. That is where the Women’s Resource Center is invaluable.

Coleen C.

I honestly didn’t know where to turn for help. When I lost my job, the WRC got me back on my feet working towards solutions instead of numbing my wounds.

Stephanie C.

Walking into a job interview can be very intimidating; having the right clothes for my interview made a big difference. Thank you for the Career Closet! 

Wendy M.

UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

The Unique Boutique of the Women’s Resource Center is an upscale resale boutique offering gently worn, brand name, women’s clothing and accessories in a variety of sizes and styles… you never know what treasures and bargains you will find! Visit us in the heart of Bradenton’s charming downtown area in Jennings Arcade on Old Main Street.  We gladly accept donations at all Centers of gently worn ladies clothing, including accessories such as shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry.

Unique Boutique phone number:  (941) 750-0032

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ETHNICITY

Demographically our clients are representative of the ethnicity of our community: 67% Caucasian, 22% Latina/Hispanic, and 11% African American.

FAMILY LIFE

The average age of our client is 49, 90% of our clients have children and 49% are married.

RESOURCES

Last year, 8,279 women attended a program at the Center and we provided 4,865 referrals.

COUNSELING

The Women’s Resource Center saw 1,724 people for mental health counseling last year.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Mandy Quinones – Board Chair
  • Gray Videnka – Vice-Chair
  • Reba Rogers – Treasurer
  • Michael Prohidney – Secretary
  • Suzanne Fugate – Immediate Past Chair
  • Kimberly Bald, Esq.
  • Jaymie Carter
  • Nancy Christian
  • Carol Fan
  • Pauldie Howrigan
  • Melissa Karp Elbree, Esq.
  • Cynthia Sharpe Malkin
  • Darshan Naidu, D.M.D.
  • Brenda Parker
  • Abbie Wonnell

SHARE WRC

Would you like to share the Women’s Resource Center message with an organization, business, or other community group?  We have WRC volunteers who are trained to present information about the programs and resources we offer at the three Centers. 

If you wish to request a speaker visit your group, please fill out the form using the link below, and we’ll contact you to coordinate!

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