The Stories of Women
On a Sunday morning in July, Sharon and Michael Haddad, dedicated supporters of Propel,
graciously opened their summer home to host an event to benefit Propel. Many community
members gathered to hear inspiring stories from the working women of Propel.
Attendees at the Haddad event were moved by the Propel graduates’ personal stories detailing their journeys with Propel. The common denominator of all the stories was that a
woman who works is capable of changing the financial destiny of her family. The stress of the
modern day budget has paralyzed many families. Having additional income can be a game
Our donors understand that investing in Propel is investing in the future welfare of
community families. The return on their investment translates into a sizable dollar amount and
improves the lives of so many!
What does Propel do?
Propel understands that women are looking for support. Many want to share their hopes and
dreams and are looking for guidance and an outlet to “get started.”
On July 17thPropel hosted an inspiring workshop led by Alice Chera, a certified life coach in the community, at the home of Viviane Darwish. Forty women gathered to participate in a Vision Mapping workshop and learned from both Alice and the Propel team how change is possible and does not have to come at the expense of the values we hold as Jewish women.
A Vision Mapisa tool for both clarity and self-discovery. Women on the whole tend to
underestimate themselves and their capabilities, despite their numerous accomplishments. A
Vision Map is a fun way to initiate change by nurturing creativity, inviting possibility, and
clarifying talents and skill sets. It also incorporates the full landscape of a woman’s life by
including both personal and professional goals.
Women’s lives are multi-dimensional. More than ever women need to know that balance is
possible while earning an income.
The workshop started with an introduction by Alice and the Propel team. The women then
began working on their vision mapping boards, cutting out magazine images and phrases to
create personal collages of individual hopes, dreams, strengths, and income producing
Then the women shared. Many women presented their boards, and subsequently their
personal goals with Alice’s guidance and encouragement. The workshop was incredibly inspiring!
Women want to connect and share with one another. The goal of the Vision Mapping workshop
was to encourage women to reach out to Propel and to identify a career that makes sense for
each woman as an individual. Sharing stories of balancing personal and professional
responsibilities is a common conversation. Women learn from each other and Propel is here to help women with their exciting journeys!