At the Circle

Marie Jeanine Sanon Fonrose 

009Who are you? Marie was born in Haiti on March 8, 1961. She arrived as young women and raised her family in Boynton Beach. Marie is married and has a 33 year old daughter and 23 year old son. Marie has much family here in US and many still living in Haiti.

Was your experience at Women’s Circle what you expected? Marie did not know what to expect as she had limited language and understanding about what can happen. Marie started at the Women’s Circle in 2008. She took every opportunity to become educated within the program.

What did you think of the classes? Marie loved the classes. She learned how to speak and write the English language. She learned life skills and how to use a computer. Learning at the Women’s Circle gave Marie the desire to want more education.

Is your experience at the Women’s Circle going to make a difference as you continue your life’s journey? Marie came to Women’s Circle with no understanding of the English Language. So many people were helpful andshe was given the tools to be successful. The staff and teachers were very patient and encouraging. Marie specifically mentions Gilda Galdo, Sister Isabel, and Pierre Valcena as her mentors.

Have you been able to get a job or get a better job with the assistance here at Women’s Circle? Women’s Circle helped Marie with earning her citizenship. As of March 31, 2015 she officially became a citizen and traveled to Haiti August 2015 and found the experience easier and much more rewarding. Marie was just recently hired as a housekeeper in the assistant living facility Parkside Inn. 

How do you feel about yourself now? Good, and happy. Marie likes to volunteer. She likes to take life, one day at a time.

A Quote fom Marie:  ”Women’s Circle is my life, it continues to help me, it makes me happy” as she points to her heart.

 

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June 30, 2016

 

The Women’s Circle, Inc. celebrates the United States Citizenship of three of our students Avenia Estime, and Willene Rene both Haitian residents of Boynton Beach and Sadeta Pavlinovic, a Yugoslavian resident of Deerfield Beach. This is a big accomplishment for Willena, Avenia and Sadeta as they committed their time at the Women’s Circle to learn Literacy, Civics and History. The Citizenship Program includes; 32 classroom hours, field trips to local city and county municipalities, banks and cultural activities. This program is open to the community by enrolling in our FREE educational programs at the Women’s Circle. A formal celebration was held at the Women’s Circle on Thursday, June 30th at 9:30 – 11:00 am

 

The Women’s Circle discussed the topic of Immigration at the Monthly Discussion Group 
Wednesday, June 29th 2016 at 6:15pm

Immigration in the United States
Guest Speaker, Donald Jarrell, USCIS Community Relations Officer
Location: Treasurer Chest 
101 NE 5th Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

This program was open to the public.

 

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Thank you to the KidSafe Foundation and Instructor Tanya Meade for providing the Women's Circle with information on Sexual Abuse of children and how to keep our children safe from predators and understanding the signs associated with this horrible crime.

Did you Know: 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will be sexually exploited before they reach the age of 18. Those are the reported statistics, however MOST do NOT report. 90% of the time a child is harmed by someone they know. 68% of the time a child is harmed by a family member. 95% of abuse and exploitation is preventable with education. Every child deserves the right to be safe. Every child has the right to have a voice. Every child has the right to learn how to access help. Learning these important safety skills is just as important as learning math, science and reading. It is our goal to make prevention education mandated in elementary schools and mandated sexual abuse prevention training for anyone working with children.

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Women'Circle was honored  with the 2016 Service Award from the Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach with a financial award of $500.00. The money will be used to enhance our program and to assist our students to reaching their highest potential.

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Boynton Beach, Fl. - The Women’s Circle of Boynton Beach participated in the 2016 Great Give. This was the second year participating almost tripling the amount of donors with a total of nearly $3000.00.  

What a great opportunity to be part of this community-wide project during this 24-hour online fundraiser that was held on May 3rd. The Great Give allows small nonprofits like Women’s Circle to increase exposure and raise critical funds that affirm and assist women in the pursuit of employment goals. Much of our funding is provided by grants and tax-exempt personal donations. We look forward to participating again next year.