The Dahomey Training Center provides critical support and hands-on jobs skills/employment training for homeless and disadvantaged women to facilitate successful self-sufficient lives." Dahomey" stems from a critical, yet largely unknown, piece of history. In earlier centuries, a group of African women warriors protecting the Dahomey Kingdom earned recognition for their endurance, phenomenal resiliency, and unbridled bravery. Forever beating the odds, these women were indeed "over-comers" and able to do anything.We envision homeless and formerly incarcerated women successfully transitioning into the workforce. We envision women having a sense of purpose, healthy social skills, and a strong work ethic.We envision women having access to employment choices offering livable wages in order to sustain high quality of life for themselves and their families.
Becoming self-sufficient involves stabilization in all
areas of life - housing, employment, food, healthcare,
mental health, family relations, social supports,
childcare, parenting skills, literacy, life skills,
transportation, and financial management. In the
Kansas City metropolitan area, homeless women
with histories of incarceration and substance abuse
face stigma and challenges in accessing resources
necessary for self-sufficiency.
Women enrolled at the Dahomey Training Center are
provided wraparound support to facilitate a
successful transition to self-sufficiency. This
includes access to safe housing, nutritious food,
reliable transportation, culturally competent mental
health services, peer support, recovery coaching,
reentry coaching, literacy classes, parenting
supports, and community involvement opportunities.
Our classes equip women in mastering life and job
skills needed to sustain living wage employment: