In 1994, the Women’s Missionary Union® held a planning meeting to discuss the development of a program to address the needs of women in poverty. It is a late-twentieth-century addition to WMU’s rich history of missions and ministry. The inspiration for Christian Women's Job Corps® came as a group of women visited ladies in the Appalachian region of the United States. They discovered that when women help women by mentoring them, both experience a life change. They felt this pattern could be replicated and enlarged by a larger group of women helping women. These events led to the birthing of Christian Women’s Job Corps® sites that now span many US states with over 200 sites. The National CWJC® program was recognized by the White House in 1999 as a viable program for assisting women in transition from welfare to work. In 2004 the first Christian Men’s Job Corps® site opened in San Angelo, Texas to address similar needs of men.
Christian Women’s Job Corps® of Madison County, Alabama, Inc., began officially in 1998, when four local women attended the first national training in Birmingham sponsored by the Women’s Missionary Union® of the Southern Baptist Convention. Many people from this county were involved in opening our local site, which started with one class serving nine students in September of 1998. CWJC® of Madison County, Alabama, Inc., has been in continuous operation since that time, currently facilitating two daytime sites and one evening site.
CWJC® of Madison County, Alabama, Inc., operates under the direction of a 17 member Board of Directors, consisting of church and community representatives. The Board employs a full-time Executive Director, three part-time Site Coordinators for each of the three sites, as well as an Administrative Recruiter. CWJC® of Madison County, Alabama, Inc., is a 501c3 organization totally dependent on the gifts of individuals, corporations, and local churches. CWJC® of Madison County neither gives funds nor receives funds from the national organization.
From its beginning CWJC® of Madison County has operated as a “Church and Community Model”, incorporating Christian churches from throughout the county as well as community organizations and facilities. We are supported by the help of a number of churches as well as health, educational, government, and business organizations throughout the county. Our four school-type sites are made possible by support from many individuals and groups throughout Madison County. CWJC® is dependent on volunteers from these support groups.