The CORA Center for Women is nestled in the heart of the Kensington section of Philadelphia. One of the missions of CORA is to identify opportunities and resources for women, with the goal of empowering them and enabling them to give back to the community. In addition to a warm and safe environment, it offers Christian mentoring, health classes, weekly support groups, guest speakers and much more. My partnership with CORA started as a flyer on Celian’s office wall. Celian was the school student advisor assigned to my school the previous academic year (my regular 9-5 is that of a certified school nurse). I was drawn by the words transform, empower, build and revitalize, then immediately confiscated Celian’s flyer rather than the candy on her desk. A few emails and telephone calls later I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Frank Vega and Rev. Maria Ocasio who at that time managed operations at the CORA center. I shared with them the mission of Your Voice Heard, about grief recovery and my desire to partner with them.
The women of the CORA Center are women in transition. My first grief recovery outreach workshop with CORA was August 1, 2011 followed by the second workshop the twelfth of September. It is so exciting to see women return for the workshops and welcoming newcomers too!! On November eleventh the third workshop was presented. It gives me unspeakable joy to educate the public about the existence of grief that occurs beyond death and divorce. CORA is a Christian mission and I was able to provide numerous biblical stories where losses occurred and grief was evident. Check out the books of Job and Ruth! Grief is non-discriminatory; it is rooted in all races, ethnic groups, socioeconomic levels, marital statuses, physical capabilities, religious denominations and last but not least all age groups.
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan.
Educating the women of CORA about grief recovery is an opportunity to empower them and those with whom they come in contact. This is not a one directional experience, as much as they learn from me, my life too becomes enriched. Ladies, I can’t wait for our upcoming workshops!!