The Women’s Connection, a resource center dedicated to empowering and educating women and girls to make positive choices for better lives, will close its doors at 4042 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, on Friday, April 30. After months of serious and painstaking discussion and analysis, The Women’s Connection Board of Trustees voted on February 27 to take this action.
“The Women’s Connection is committed to helping women and girls look at options when faced with life’s many challenges,” noted Board President Thelma Schlomer, SC. “This decision required the members of the board to do the same. Having weighed our options, we are acting in the best interest of our participants and all who have worked tirelessly at and for The Women’s Connection. Those who are coming to our door will now be directed appropriately during this transition.”
Over the past few years, The Women’s Connection has reduced staff and expenses, increased fundraising, and explored possible mergers and collaborations that would allow the center to continue to serve the women and girls of Cincinnati’s west side. Like so many nonprofit organizations, the downturn in the economy starting in 2008 seriously affected income. The reality is that The Women’s Connection does not have the funds to continue, nor are there prospects for incoming monies that would sustain the center beyond a month-to-month existence.
The Women’s Connection was founded in 1997 and since that time has served thousands of women and girls, giving them hope and confidence, pointing them toward appropriate resources, guiding them to positive decisions, and offering opportunities for education and socialization.
“We are proud of the work The Women’s Connection has accomplished over these 17 years and wish only the best for the women and girls of Cincinnati’s Westside community,” added Sister Thelma.