Women of Valor Ministry (WOVM) is a 501(c)3 organization that is engaged in the development of women of all ages, and from all walks of life through mentoring, empowerment workshops, conferences, retreats, etc. Women of Valor began in the year 2000 and were incorporated in 2001. Since our inception, we have reached an average of 300 women directly each year through skills development, domestic violence workshops, health and wellness conferences, one on one interaction, and retreats. We have created and facilitated sessions and programs whose primary purpose was to build self-esteem, develop purpose-driven lives, enhance and develop leadership skills, business skills development, financial empowerment, strategic development, parenting skills development, and healthy lifestyle choices.

Through our M.O.T.H.E.R (Mentoring Others Through Holistic Ecumenical Resources) program we have provided services to fifty-plus single Mothers in the form of finance, educational workshops, job skills training, parenting skills training, career counseling, personal care, and financial planning. This program provides assistance to single Mothers for approximately six to twelve months. We also collaborated and partnered with a number of community-based agencies who provided referral services for the women who needed additional resources such as food pantry services (Greater Chicago Food Depository), substance abuse intervention (the ROSE, Reaching Out to Sisters Everywhere Ministries, Inc.), domestic violence and shelter services (Family Rescue and Metropolitan Family Services) HIV/Aids testing and treatment (Chicago Department of Public Health), planned parenthood education. Women were selected based on the completion of a need-based assessment, interview, and recommendation from two sources.

We have trained approximately fifty leaders through our Sister-to-Sister Support Group Network, which began in April 2009. The support groups are for women who have experienced trauma in the form of domestic or sexual abuse, broken relationships (divorce, separation), or the loss of a loved one. This is a full-day training that provides the participants with a training manual that was developed by the President of Women of Valor. Also, an internet community has been started for support group leaders who have participated in the training. Participants are able to receive support, encouragement, resources, ideas, and feedback on issues that have occurred within their group.

One of our initiatives started in January 2010; Women In Ministry & Business Alliance was developed to encourage, mentor, and provide a support system for women leaders to excel in their purpose. The Executive Council comprises various business owners, Executive Directors, Pastors, clergy, and several authors. These women are all leaders who have overcome many obstacles and are eager to share what they have learned with other women and girls.

We have also presented domestic violence educational training workshops to 500 clergy, advocates, and lay leaders at the following sites: Shiloh M.B. Church; Church of the Holy Spirit; Agape Church and Ministries; New Evangelical Bible Church; St. Luke Church of God in Christ; West Point Baptist Church; New Visions of Faith Church; Sharon Graham Ministries; The Chosen Restoration Church; 5th District DV Committee; The Family Violence Prevention Fund Conference – New Orleans, LA; Inspiration 1390 Faith Leaders Breakfast; Advocate Health Care, Clinical Pastoral Education; Hazel Crest Assembly Church; Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference– Baton Rouge, LA; Illinois District Council – Christian Singles addressing DV; Grace Lutheran Church; Diocese of the Midwest Orthodox Church in America; Advocate HealthCare -Clinical Pastoral students; New Faith Baptist Church; Christ Helping Hands Ministries; Disciples of Christ – Clergy – Dewitt, Michigan and Covenant United Church of Christ.

Through the web, we have reached over 10,000 women.