Meredith College students from the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program hosted a luncheon for the Women’s Center of Wake County on March 26, 2018. The event included party decorations, manicures, a tote bag decorating project, and a creative art drawing session.
“We really feel that these women, who could be our patients at some point, need a warm smile and the chance to feel special, just as every person deserves,” said Nina Didner, the project organizer. “We could have done a number of different projects, but this one really felt like a way for us to use our different skills as a group to serve an overlooked population.”
Meredith students planned the event to help the women at the shelter feel confident and appreciated, and to assist them with creatively coping with their emotions and situations. In an effort to collect some of the most needed personal care items among the women, the students are hosting a toiletry drive in which they will donate all items to the nonprofit.
The Women’s Center of Wake County is a nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and end homelessness for women and their families in partnership with individuals, agencies, and organizations throughout the community. Clients range from those who are chronically homeless to those who are employed but at risk of homelessness.
Serving 20-25 women per day, the Women’s Center is the only day shelter for women and families in Wake County. The shelter provides women and children with a safe place to stay during the daytime hours, while providing services such as a health clinic and food.
The following day, students led a creative writing workshop and guided imagery relaxation session for the women at the shelter.
Meredith’s Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are looking to earn prerequisites for admission to a health professional school or want to enhance their academic credentials for acceptance into a health professional program.