Clawson resident receives award

The odds were stacked against Dawn Jenkins.

After a troubled marriage sent her into hiding at a safe house, she needed to find work to support her two children. The Clawson resident's children both have severe allergies and asthma that required her to be a stay-at-home mom.

Dawn Jenkins turned to JVS, a Southfield-based not-for-profit organization that helps men and women of all backgrounds get the educational and life support they need to improve upon or create successful careers in a chosen profession.

The Women to Work program helps women who have been out of the workforce  for prolonged periods of time due to divorce, death or disability of a spouse, or significant economic need, become reacclimated to working.

Thanks to JVS, Jenkins received three job offers within a month of sending out her resume. She's now works from home as an engineer for Landon.

Jenkins was formally presented with the award at the third annual Trade Secrets benefit for the JVS Women to Work Program on Wednesday, February 16, at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Cynthia Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Solutions (S3) was the honorary chair and keynote speaker. The JVS Women to Work Award is presented each year to a woman who was a program participant and personifies the goals of the program.

"I am grateful for the genuine caring and professional assistance I received from the JVS Women to Work Program," Jenkins said. "I wanted other people to know that it is the best program out there for women who need help reentering the workforce. There is nothing that I have seen that compares to it."

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