From the beginning, MyChelle has partnered with various community organizations that inspire girls and women to realize their true potential through access to educational and wellness services. Giving back has always been in our nature, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our partnership with one of these incredible social enterprises: Women’s Bean Project. WPB is dedicated to helping impoverished and chronically unemployed women earn job readiness, interpersonal and life skills to create a new future for themselves, their families, and our communities. Putting names and faces on the women whose lives have been changed for the better gives us a unique perspective on the incredible work that the organization is doing to support women in transition.

One of those names is Charlotte, a 2016-17 program participant whose story is featured in the “I Am Women’s Bean Project” series. Charlotte had an incredibly hard start—born a heroin baby, she was on methadone until age eight, and by age ten, her uncle was shooting her up with cocaine so he and other family members could take advantage of her. At age 11, she started using meth and was on it for the next 19 years. If you knew Charlotte’s backstory, would you blame her for the addiction that took over her life? Women’s Bean Project knows you would give her a chance to make positive change, which is why it’s hugely important to read and share these stories with friends, family, and your community.

Charlotte has been sober for over a year, and WBP is helping her gain the education, job skills, computer skills, and training she needs to get a steady job. Charlotte is Women’s Bean Project:

“All I ever wanted is to be cared for. I don’t want to feel alone or unloved or to have no self-worth. I’m judged all the time because of my background. Every day when I’m at work, I’m safe. The other women I work with are like the family I never had.”

Click here to read Charlotte’s full story and to learn more about the organization. Also, be sure to keep checking MyChelle.com (as well as our official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages) for news on our upcoming Women’s Equality Day promotion in collaboration with Women’s Bean Project!