Women with a Cause

REGIS — Women with a Cause and its primary partner, Regis University, are changing the lives of single women and their children for the better. The program helps single mothers and women veterans get on their feet and reach self-sufficiency through degree scholarships and mentoring.

Started in 2012, Women with a Cause has helped a dozen women get their degrees in nursing and other professions and find good-paying employment. Six more women are currently in school.

“It’s so satisfying to see what this means to them and their children,” said Tristen Amador, associate dean of Regis’ Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions and liaison with Women with a Cause. “It brings tears to my eyes to see them get good jobs after graduation. It transforms their lives and the lives of their children.”

Regis awards two scholarships each year in its nursing program for WE scholars in the Women with a Cause (WWAC) program. The WE Initiative aims to elevate, empower and educate women in need. “Students enrolled in our nursing program and the WE Initiative are eligible for school,” said Amador. “Often they have taken prerequisite courses at a community college but they took a break to have children. Enrollment counselors help them through the admissions process, while WWAC supports their transition.

“There are lots of requirements for them; it’s not a handout. Some of their schooling is funded with grants and loans, which is okay because they’ll have good-paying jobs to pay the money back. We want them to be invested in their future.”

WE scholars experience various difficult circumstances that lead to their needing help, Amador said. “A lot of times they are leaving a bad or abusive relationship and taking their children. They lose their source of support, and if they have no family they can end up homeless.

“It’s difficult for them to make a change without help. It’s hard to study when you are worried about where to live, or about food or childcare. Nursing school is not easy and if you are stressed it is even more demanding. WWAC volunteers help our scholars with access to housing, food and childcare to help them get back on their feet.”

Other support includes access to legal help for women needing child support; and help in reducing medical bills.

Mentoring is an important component of the program. “We’ve realized that mentors are critical because a mentor is in touch with their scholar and knows if there’s a problem right away,” Amador said. Regis faculty are among the volunteer mentors who help WE scholars.

Other WWAC partners include Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, University of Colorado College of Nursing, and Metropolitan State University School of Hospitality. Comfort Dental provides grants each year in dental hygiene studies for two qualified students. WE scholars can earn certificates at Emily Griffith Technical College in such areas as culinary arts, cosmetology and office administration.

Women with a Cause was started by Susan Kiely, a Denver volunteer powerhouse who also supports programs for homeless shelters, food banks and seniors. Kiely takes the WWAC program to India, Asia and Africa to help impoverished women.

Anna Suchkova graduated from Regis in nursing in 2016. A Russian immigrant, she had left an abusive relationship, taking her three small children. She tried to support her family as a certified nursing assistant, but working double shifts five days a week wasn’t sustainable. Now embarking on her nursing career, Suchkova says, “I’m inspired to take care of people, save lives, and be a good example to my children.”

According to the WWAC website, providing comprehensive help for one woman costs an average of $ 27,000 each academic year. Many scholars are the first person in their families to pursue education beyond high school.

Support for WWAC comes from “lots of fundraising,” says Amador, including calling on the personal networks of board members, including Kiely. “Our largest fundraiser is the holiday party. We get more grants each year as well.”

WWAC’s first fundraiser of 2017 will be at Bar Fausto, 3126 Larimer St., Jan. 22 from 4 p.m. to closing. Bar Fausto will donate a portion of the evening’s food and cocktail sales to WWAC. For more information see WWAC’s Facebook page.

To learn more about WWAC, or to donate, see womenwithacause.com.

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Media won’t stop talking about Drudge-hyped video ‘nobody’ is talking about

http://twitter.com/#!/jakebeckman/status/253459272598421504
Perhaps you haven’t heard since “nobody” finds it newsworthy, but Tuesday night The Daily Caller, Fox News and the Drudge Report broke a story about candidate Obama’s racially divisive, lie-peppered speech in front of a predominantly black Virginia audience.

“Old news.” Nothing to see here. Move along. That’s why, as Bloomberg TV editor Jake Beckman points out, “nobody” is talking about it today.

Meet Beckman’s fellow media “nobodies”:

The Drudge hype falls flat http://t.co/UIfkXH7O

— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) October 3, 2012

Seriously. Just stop. RT @DavidOAtkins Helpful hint to major press people: go on a Drudge fast for a week. Just stop going there.

— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 3, 2012

Obama 2007 video pumped by Hannity getting little play this morning. Either because it's old or there's a vast left-wing media conspiracy

— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) October 3, 2012

The entire political world somehow got trolled yesterday by a 5-year-old video http://t.co/2iNKlC5r

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) October 3, 2012

Rerun: Fox News, Drudge & Tucker Carlson promote "bombshell video" of 2007 Obama speech, but reported on it in 2007: http://t.co/Gw9Eqr0p

— Media Matters (@mmfa) October 3, 2012

Right-wing media tries to create Obama secret video scandal. World says 'that's the best you have?' http://t.co/CEKhe7wm

— Daily Kos (@dailykos) October 3, 2012

TPM: Drudge-Hyped Obama Video Turns Out To Be Publicly Covered 2007 Speech: http://t.co/rAemOJSg

— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) October 3, 2012

Are any of the morning shows mentioning Tucker's scoop?

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) October 3, 2012

Except for NBC, ABC, CNN, WaPo, the AP and others, the mainstream media ignored Obama's 2007 speech. http://t.co/5AHF3z4J

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) October 3, 2012

How many airballs does Drudge need to shoot before people start doubting him? Amazed that Ashley Todd hoax didn't hurt his rep

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 3, 2012

Republicans unimpressed by Drudge video http://t.co/252DcD0e

— Post Politics (@postpolitics) October 3, 2012

So remember that Drudge/Hannity/Daily Caller bombshell? Me either.

— Justin Snow (@JustinCSnow) October 3, 2012

That’s a whole lot of nobodies burying a giant bone like good little media lapdogs. Evidently it’s worth talking about … but only if it’s part of a Journolist-style effort to downplay the story and mock those who find it newsworthy. Hush now. The gatekeepers know what’s good for you.

Shorter Lefty Media: "That video was such a non-story we're going to spend all day today telling you it wasn't a story." #tcot #p2

— RB (@RBPundit) October 3, 2012

Shorter media: Old Obama videos not important, but Mitt cutting someone's hair in high school should make the debates.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) October 3, 2012

I see our progressive friends are still windmilling it over that not-news video.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 3, 2012

Fox News still leading with Obama vid and Drudge still pushing as priority. Corrupt media can only whine as we disseminate.

— John Nolte (@NolteNC) October 3, 2012

When the lapdog pack hides a bone, it’s worth digging. John Nolte’s “Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012″ is a great place to start:

MY LATEST –> Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012 http://t.co/vnG8Nmya via @BreitbartNews

— John Nolte (@NolteNC) October 3, 2012

Too bad “nobody” thinks it’s worth reading.

.@NolteNC: Top 10 reasons the 2007 #ObamaTape matters, despite the best efforts at spin of the Obama-protecting media: http://t.co/D6fxfWUI

— Fishing With Fredo (@FishingwFredo) October 3, 2012

https://twitter.com/JasonBWhitman/status/253524501004967936

From @NolteNC Awesome #Breitbart piece! Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012 http://t.co/q6QTCrIO via @BreitbartNews

— Ari David (@AriDavidUSA) October 3, 2012

If Romney cut some dudes hair in HS & a racist rock in Rick Perrys yard is news – the Obama 2007 tape is news http://t.co/H84uwMYz

— Mr.L (@MrLTavern) October 3, 2012

Outstanding piece by @NolteNC Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012 http://t.co/XoaT5QB6 via @BreitbartNews

— Geoff Cochran (@GCoch) October 3, 2012

The FACTS speak for themselves. Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012 http://t.co/OU3SGvhK

— Bob Miller (@Miller51550) October 3, 2012

Hey, .@BuzzFeedBen, can you RT this for me? –> Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012 http://t.co/flVAZaDv via @BreitbartNews

— Wacko Bird Jones (@wadejones3000) October 3, 2012

Heh. Don’t count on that.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/03/lapdog-media-wont-stop-talking-about-drudge-hyped-video-nobody-is-talking-about/

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