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McAuley Village proudly boasts a success rate of 95 percent in moving moms and their children out of homelessness and into permanent housing. That success is due to an ever-growing support network known as the McAuley Village Women’s Leadership Circle.


Members of the Women’s Leadership Circle provide a robust array of support services for the women and children living at McAuley Village.


Circle members participate in our Annual Business Fair. At this event, hosted by the Village moms, members listen to each mom’s Five Minute Elevator Chat, which positions our moms to share why a company needs to hire them. Members also hold mock job interviews and provide crucial feedback to our moms.


Members of the Circle also take the lead in stocking and maintaining our Dress For Success Boutique. They collect new and gently-used business attire throughout the year, and provide moms with complete ensembles for interviewing.


We encourage our Women’s Leadership Circle members to be as involved as works for them. We have Circle members who attend our two signature events each year—our fall update meeting, and the issue-focused education event in the spring. Other members join us for holiday caroling, tutoring and mentoring, participating in Cookie Shop, help with Halloween costumes, and more.


Participation includes an annual membership fee of $250, which represents a donation that goes directly to programming, providing education support and supplies, as well as helping with moms’ transportation to and from school.


Phyllis Gelsomino, a Stop & Shop executive and Circle member, says her own life has been enriched through the help she provides.


“It has been a wonderful first year being a member of the Women’s Leadership Circle, and being a part of a team where we all support and help each other to grow and become strong, independent women,” she said. “It has not only been a learning experience, but also very rewarding. I am truly blessed for my newly found family.”


Those interested in learning more about the Women’s Leadership Circle, or becoming a member, are encouraged to contact The Rev. Michele Matott at (401) 467-3630 ext. 10 or via email.


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McAuley Ministries

622 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907

Tel: 401-941-9013

Fax: 401-941-6862