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A Madison County organization provides hope and help to women living in poverty

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Erasing poverty through education and employment.   That's just what MadCAAP Organization's new PROJECT H.O.P.E is aiming do in the community,  but more community support is needed.  

“I have been living beneath poverty line for the last 10 years being a single parent and MadCAAP helped,” said program client Linda Weathersby.

That helping hand came through jewelry crafting. A creative skill she has now mastered.

“It is something new. I like it and it is opening doors for me now. I am a designer, from nothing to a designer,” Weathersby said.

It is all part of a new program Weathersby is participating in called PROJECT  H.O.P.E.

“It is a new in-house work program for people who are trying to obtain their GED or learn how to read in our literacy program. It is just so hard for someone who doesn't have their GED or know how to read to earn income, so we thought what a better way than to teach them a skill. HOPE stands for Help Overcome Poverty's Effects,” said executive director Karen Robison said.

Executive Director Karen Robison said clients also get paid for creating handcrafted jewelry that is sold in the community. The program sells everything from stone necklaces to stylish earrings, unique bracelets

“We have some great pieces. We work really hard to make sure there are quality pieces, we use either glass or crystals,” Robison.

The women in the program said when you purchase a special piece just remember you are offering hope and a helping hand for women who needed the most.

“If you invest in the community it is just not going to improve, and in North Madison County there are large pockets of deplorable,” Robison said.

“I am just happy they recognized me and would help, and I thank God for them,” Weathersby said.

?MadCAAP is hosting an open house Tuesday, May 24 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. at 181 Watford Parkway Drive in Canton.  The event is open to the public and will provide valuable information about PROJECT H.O.P.E and many others programs the nonprofit sponsors to help improve the community.

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