Women’s Bean Project Helps Break Cycle Of Poverty

Women’s Bean Project Helps Break Cycle Of Poverty


AFTER SHE CUT A DEAL WITH PROSECUTORS DID SHE AGREE TO TALK. FRAZEE HAS ENTERED A NOT GUILTY PLEA TO ALL THESE CHARGES OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. THE JUDGE IN THE CASE IS NOT ALLOWING CAMERAS, A SKETCH ARTIST OR ANY LIVE REPORTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FROM THE COURTROOM. SOME WOMEN IN DENVER SAY THEY HAVE A NEW LEASE ON LIFE THANKS TO A LOCAL NONPROFIT. IT HELPS THEM GET BACK ON THEIR FEET DURING TOUGH TIMES. IT HAS ALL BEEN DONE THROUGH THE WOMEN’S BEAN PROJECT. OUR MEKIALAYA WHITE WENT TO CHECK THEM OUT IN ACTION. SHE IS LIVE WITH MORE ON WHY THESE WOMEN SAY WORKING GIVES THEM A NEW SENSE OF PURPOSE. Reporter: GOOD MORNING. HERE AT THE WOMEN’S BEAN PROJECT, THESE WOMEN SAY THEY HAVE BRAND-NEW PURPOSE BY PACKING AND MAKING NUTRITIOUS FOOD. IT REALLY GIVES THEM A SENSE OF PRIDE IN WHAT THEY DO. EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEKDAY, THEY WALK THROUGH THESE DOORS. THEY ARE WOMEN OF ALL AGES. THEY START OFF WITH MONDAY WITH GOALS FOR THE WEEKEND RECONVENE ON FRIDAY TO KEEP EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE ON THOSE GOALS. WOMEN OF ALL AGES HAVE UNIQUE STORIES BUT THEY SHARE A COMMON THREAD. THEY WERE ALL UNEMPLOYED BECAUSE OF NOT SO GREAT LIFE CHOICES. SOME HAVE BATTLED DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTIONS AND SPENT TIME IN JAIL AND LIVING IN HALFWAY HOUSES. THIS IS A FIRST TIME THEY ARE ABLE TO HOLD DOWN A STEADY JOB FOR A NINE-MONTH PROGRAM THAT PREPARES THEM FOR THE WORKFORCE. THEY TOLD ME THEY ARE SO THANKFUL FOR SECOND CHOICES IN LIKE BECAUSE PEOPLE REALLY CAN CHANGE. IT IS BITTERSWEET. I KNOW THAT I YOU MOVING ON AND MOVING FORWARD, BUT IT IS LIKE, I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THIS PLACE BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH. JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THERE IS ALWAYS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. JUST BECAUSE YOU WENT DOWN THE WRONG ROAD DOES NOT MEAN YOU CANNOT TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND AND MAKE BETTER CHOICES AND GO

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