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Women Are The Center of Attention

July 12, 2023

CFNEIA’s Women for Good members were treated to a presentation and tour at The Center for Attention in Waterloo in May. The Center is a transitional housing organization for women. It provides a safe, sober environment for women coming out of prison or treatment.

Founder, Felicia Carter, knows first hand the struggles of addiction and started the organization in honor of her mother who helped her through her struggles. Today, The Center has helped approximately 50 women set goals and rebuild their lives.

Erica, who bravely spoke to the group, is one of those women. She had struggled with addiction and finished a two-year prison sentence when she got to The Center. Today, Erica has a job and regained custody of her children with the help of the program.

“I was able to learn from strong, independent women, like Ms. Felicia, the right way to do things. I gained so much knowledge and power over myself and my life. I was starting to find myself. I started to show courage and take chances. Me, standing here today, is proof of that,” said Erica.

The Center received a $19,250 grant from the Women’s Fund, advised by Women for Good members, in 2022. Women for Good is a membership group focused on impacting the lives of women and girls in Black Hawk County.

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