The Moore Community House serves low-income women and young children in the ethnically diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods of east Biloxi. MCH and its community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As part of its recovery efforts, MCH launched the Women in Construction (WinC) program to help low-income women enter construction trade jobs. This was an effort to not only contribute to hurricane recovery, but to also offer individual women and their families improved earnings by opening new pathways to economic security. Since Katrina, Women in Construction has grown significantly to include general construction and welding trade skills.

WinC has graduated over 150 women and built partnerships with large employers across the Gulf Coast to support a successful job placement rate of 70%. But the need for WinC preceded and continues beyond circumstances surfaced by Katrina.

To see more successful workforce development programs the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is funding and to learn more about our approach to moving people and places out of poverty, please visit: mrbf.org/grants

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