The “Be The Key” program is designed to empower our clients with essential job training skills to help ensure personal growth and stability. Clients who apply and are accepted attend a 6-8-week course at The Apostles’ House. Upon completion, the client has the option of enrolling in a SORA (Security Officer Registration Act) certification program, an HHA (Home Health Aide) course, or a CDA (Child Development Associate) course, free of charge.
This two-part program commences with an eight-week Women Empowerment Workshop, provided by Beta Alpha Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to cover topics such as time management, personality assessments, skills assessments, resume writing, interviewing, budgeting, and emotional intelligence. Upon completion, the women then enroll in one of seven certificate courses currently being offered with all fees being covered by The Apostles’ House and partners. With the help of our program coordinator, every woman is able to leave our shelter with job security and the ability to earn a competitive wage.
“Be the Key” graduates gain insight, confidence, and knowledge. But, most importantly, they gain skills needed for gainful and meaningful employment that is vital to their success once they move beyond the walls of The Apostles’ House.
The key to empowerment personal growth stability starts here!
I would like to say that The Apostles' House has helped me in ways I didn’t expect. I greatly appreciate all the hard work, time and energy that the staff, volunteers, and others put into helping us in our time of need. They are very resourceful and persistent to help you achieve your goals. Even though it’s a shelter they made it feel like a home setting. In closing, I would like to say thank you to all the staff, volunteers, donors, and others for the much-needed assistance, time, and support.
My journey to a better life began at the Apostles’ House. It was June 14, 2006 when I was released from state prison to the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP). I remember ISP telling me I was going to The Apostles' House, a shelter for women and children in Newark, New Jersey where I was to reside until further notice. I had never been to Newark before and did not know what to expect. Once I arrived at The Apostles’ House I became acquainted with all the wonderful staff. They were a big inspiration to me then and still are today.
In 2018, I was a resident of The Apostles’ House Women and Children Emergency Shelter for seven months. During my stay in the shelter, I found a support system within Miss Victoria and Miss Iris. They provided the guidance, support, and resources I needed to regain control of my life, even during the times I rebelled against it. Through it all, they showed great love and concern, and to their credit, I was able to enroll my son in childcare so that I could focus on finding and securing employment. Today I am employed and living on my own with my son. I still experience many challenges, however, I continue to take the steps necessary to maintain a life for me and my son