Lauri Henderson serves as Executive Director of Ellis CWJC.
On August 7, 2020, Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps (Ellis CWJC) recognized four women for their service to the Ellis County community in a ceremony held at First Baptist Church in Red Oak. In addition to these recognitions, Ellis CWJC recognized their volunteer of the year, alumni of the year and partner of the year.
Though normally the event included a luncheon, silent auction and award recognition, the luncheon and silent auction were canceled in light of COVID-19. However, it was the desire of the CWJC to still recognize the award recipients.
The 2020 honoree from the business community was Anna Hammonds from M. Gale & Associates, LLC, a nonprofit consulting firm. Those recognized from the ministry field were Norma Belcher, Manna House in Midlothian, Donna Young, First Look Pregnancy Clinic and Johanna Sigala, pastor’s wife of Primera Baptist Church.
Those appreciated for their service to Ellis CWJC were Sharon Quate, volunteer of the year, and The Cowboy Church of Ellis County. Accepting the award for The Cowboy Church was Marie Vandivort. A new award was added this year, the Becky Ellison Alumni Award. This award is named for Becky Ellison, WMU of Texas consultant for the CWJC/CMJC sites, who played a very important role in the leadership development and direction of Ellis CWJC as well as 57 other sites in Texas. Ellison passed away May 16, 2020, and left a huge void in the CWJC/CMJC family. Tracie Stewart, a 2018 graduate of Ellis CWJC was awarded this honor.
Ellis CWJC is a nonprofit that provides women a “hand up” through tuition-free programs, equipping them with job skills and personal development so they can live their best life. The next session of Ellis CWJC will begin August 24, 2020. Registration is now open, click here for more details.