A huge THANK YOU goes out to the WCU volunteers who came out for Spring Clean Day, at the Clean Slate House. Saturday January 20th was WCU's Martin Luther King's Day of Service. We had three wonderful students Spring cleaning & organizing the kitchen. They did an AWESOME job!! (Pictured L to R- Amy Edwards, Recreation Therapy; Melanie Tola, Accounting & Finance; Leena Boakye, Entrepreneurship & Hospitality) Thank you ladies!!
A Night Out With Clean Slate: An Evening of Fun to Benefit Clean Slate Coalition
Saturday, March 10th, from 7pm - 10pm at the Comfort Inn Suites, Sylva. This is our annual fundraising event benefiting Clean Slate Coalition. Be a part of the fun and also help provide women with a hope-filled home that is supportive, safe, and gives opportunities to develop healthy life and job skills.
Clean Slate Coalition participated recently in the 17th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival was held Saturday, April 26, 2014, on Main and Mill Streets in historic downtown Sylva.
The yearly celebration includes a 5K run, two music stages, a children’s stage, talent show, craft demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, and more! A project of the Town of Sylva, this is the year’s largest annual event, and brings 10-12,000 residents, visitors, and families to our beautiful downtown. Strengthened by its early roots as an Earth Day celebration, the festival includes a focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and promotion of local businesses and civic groups.
This year we used our booth to launch the new Clean Slate Enterprise; offering non-toxic cleaning products and to announce that the Enterprise Custodial/Cleaning Services would begin operation this coming summer. Residents and board members sold raffle tickets for a handmade bag of cleaning products. The Raffle winner will be announced at the June 22 Clean Slate Open House.
Stay tuned for more news about the open house coming soon.
At the 2014 Power of the Purse Luncheon, the Clean Slate Coalition received a $35,000 to launch Clean Slate Enterprises, a new direct service program for women living in the Clean Slate group home in Sylva. Many residents have been imprisoned or institutionalized. The women will produce organic cleaning supplies and offer cleaning services to businesses and individuals in Jackson and surrounding counties. Through the program, participants will acquire work experience and improved life skills.
Since 2006, the Women for Women giving circle has made grants totaling more than $2.2 million. The 2014 grants totaled $210,000 and recipients also included:
• OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling — $75,000 to support the Women’s Financial Empowerment Center that helps women achieve their financial goals through education, group support, counseling and coaching. Grant funds will also support the development of an age-appropriate program to serve girls in Buncombe, Transylvania and Madison counties.
• Eliada Homes — $50,000 to expand the Eliada School of Trade Arts (ESTA) to female students. ESTA is a one-year culinary arts vocational and transitional living program serving financially disadvantaged youth aging out of foster care. ESTA students work at Eliada Homes and in paid internship positions off campus. Students are housed at Eliada and pay rent. Funds are reserved in trust savings accounts available to them upon program completion.
• Mainstay — $50,000 for the Dandelion Eatery Job Training program in Henderson County, which prepares survivors of domestic violence, teen mothers and other at-risk women for jobs in the food service industry. The Dandelion approach allows each woman to identify a job of interest and offers on-the-job food service training as well as the development of skills such as cooperative behavior, dependability, financial responsibility and etiquette.