1926 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205



We love to hear how we are doing and how we are helping women and families in our community – here are a few testimonals from those who have experienced the Women’s Resource Center’s services and staff.

  • “I honestly didn’t know where to turn for help. When I lost my job, the WRC got me back on my feet working towards solutions instead of numbing my wounds.”
    Stephanie C -

  • “I felt like my world was crashing in around me and the WRC gave me the tools to build it back up and move forward.”
    Jo B -

  • “Even though I have been out of the workforce for 14 years, after seeing the career coach I know I can get back out there. “
    Polly S -

  • “Through counseling and legal programs; the Women’s Resource Center and it’s staff kept my family together. “
    Amy G -

  • “Our niece lost both of her parents and when she found herself in a position where she needed help we didn’t know where to turn. We were told to call the WRC and we were able to get referrals for the help she needed. It is nice to be able to count on someone… thank you! “
    Debbie P -

  • “In a world that can be very judgmental the WRC provided a safe, welcoming place for me to get the help I needed to move forward in my life. “
    Betty B -

  • “Walking into a job interview can be very intimidating; having the right clothes for my interview made a big difference. Thank you for the Career Closet! “
    Wendy M -

  • “A little over 4 years ago, I was living my ideal life… retired young, my husband and I were enjoying every moment of our new found freedom from alarm clocks and responsibilities. Our biggest decisions involved things like what direction to head in on the boat that day, what restaurant to try tonight, where is the best place to go dancing tonight or why don’t we just stay home and enjoy each others’ company today.

    Sometimes, while having our morning coffee and chat, my husband, who was always in awe of women and fully understood that women were the center of life, would point out something he had just read about the Women’s Resource Center. He would tell me that we really should go over and see what we could do to help. Well, that would be the day that I had already decided I wanted to explore the 7-mile reef or get the motor home ready for our next trip… I was still fully engaged in play mode.

    We had just returned from a cruise, enjoying a relaxing evening sharing stories of our adventures with our children when my whole world came crashing down around me like a house of glass.

    A sudden and massive coronary took my husband and completely broke my heart and spirit.

    For months, I was a broken and empty shell. Get dressed? Why? Eat something? Not possible. All I wanted to do was to go where he went. Gradually, I became aware of what my state was doing to my family and friends. The woman… the center… had fallen apart and all those around her were feeling the effects.

    I could hear Jim telling me that it was time for me to get up, dust myself off and decide where I was going for here and that it was time for me to get back in touch with who i was as a person, not just his wife. He pointed me in the direction of the Women’s Resource Center where I went to volunteer my services. What I found here was compassion, connection and courage. The common thread that runs through everyone involved here is compassion. The connection comes from sharing our stories in a safe environment and working together to to help other women through their own transitions. The courage comes from supporting each other and taking advantage of all the wonderful programs the center has to offer.

    Today, I have a wonderful new circle of friends who know me as Coleen, not Jim’s widow. There is strength in that. My family and Jim’s and my oldest and dearest friends who have been with me through it all are quite happy and relieved to see my spirit returning.

    It has not been easy. There were many times I thought I could not move onto the next level. Those were the times I enrolled in another program here.

    One of the programs was a Career Counseling session with Jay. This enabled me to get back in touch with my talents and interests and let me to form an alliance with Kathi G. and her interior decorating business. This awesome and extremely talented lady challenged me to dig deeper and accomplish things I didn’t know I could. She placed all of her faith and trust in me, never doubting for a moment that I would succeed.

    There were a number of self enlightening workshops that i attended here that were invaluable in helping me regain my strength. This enabled me to give again and led me to a new position where I am making a positive difference in another special lady’s life.

    I am still a work in progress but I’ve come a long way baby! The WRC has been, and will continue to be a large part of that.

    I regret not sharing Jim with you. Between the two of us, you ended up with the lesser half. He would have been a compassionate and competent Mental health and Career Counselor and knew how to throw the best parties in town but I will continue to do whatever I can to help the center grow becuase as ALL women know, and all the great men who support us know, and my dear husband knew… “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy”. We need to continue to grow to be here to help women through their transitions.

    The power and the strength that women posess is truly unbelievable. Sometimes life gets in the way of that. Sometimes we need that hand up in order to reconnect with that power and strength. That is where the Women’s Resource center is invaluable. “

    Coleen C -

  • “I couldn’t have afforded counseling without the WRC; thank you for pulling me out of the darkness
    Mary B -