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Financial Literacy

Jul 30, 2015 1:29:29 PM


FINANCIAL LITERACY...A POWERFUL TOOL - Hello friends! One of the ways in which we help empower the women in our Full Circle Exchange Job Readiness Training program is by providing opportunities for them to practice what they have learned and show their growth. The women are able to earn "Full Circle Bucks" through notable improvement in skill level, display of leadership, or acts of kindness. The Full Circle Bucks that they earn can be used at what the women have come to call, "Friday Market". Each Friday they bring out all of the items that have been donated to the program and they can trade their Full Circle Bucks for any items in the market. The market provides opportunities to practice what is learned in the Financial Literacy classes taught each day during enrichment as well as by our community partner Bank of the West (thansk BOW...you ladies rock) and is a tangible measurement of small and large successes each week. If you would like to help empower women in your community we are currently seeking donations for: NEW OR GENTLY USED clothing and accessories (women's, childrens', mens). NEW toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, etc.), laundry soap, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items. Bus passes and grocery store gift cards in small denominations. Donations can be dropped off Tuesday through Thursday 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Linen Building 1402 West Grove St. Boise.

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Partner Spotlight

Jul 27, 2015 5:14:25 AM


PARTNER SPOTLIGHT - We would like to give a HUGE thank you to our friends at Wright Brothers, The Building Company (http://wbtbc.com/). They have always been such a huge and kind help to us; doing behind the scenes construction and helping us in any way that they can. They have built the wonderful rustic pallet displays we hang and transport our merchandise on to different events. They are masters... See More — at Wright Brothers, The Building Company.

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Healing and Enrichment

Jul 24, 2015 10:55:00 PM


As part of the Healing and Enrichment portion of our holistic Job Training Program, we recently welcomed Courtney Beth , one of our Full Circle Exchange advisers, and founder of The REN Method. Courtney is an accomplished entrepreneur and aromatherapist. She taught us about the power of scent in healing. She spoke about scents and how they can trigger memories and taught us how to transform those memories into something positive by creating our own scents full of things that are pleasant to us. With her, she brought along 17 bottles of various natural essential oils with which the women in our program were able to make their own customized scent. Courtney spoke about the natural healing properties of each essential oil and how they could be used in daily life. She had everyone smell each of the oils to decide which ones they liked best. After gathering 3 scents they liked, each woman was able to combine them to make their own, unique perfume. Many of the combinations the women made were combinations the therapist had never thought to make before and she was pleasantly surprised to find out how wonderful and powerful they smelled. She also noted that throughout her 10 years of experience as an aromatherapist she had never seen so many people in one demonstration choose the lemongrass scent. While every woman’s customized scent came out to be full of different combinations, it is empowering to also see the similarities. Every woman has a different story and comes from a different culture, however there are many things that can unite people together and this incredible opportunity to learn about the power of scent only proved how learning and growing together can create unison. Thanks Courtney!!!

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New Session

Jul 20, 2015 11:00:00 PM


We are so thrilled about our new session of the Full Circle Exchange Job Readiness Training Program that has just begun! We have 17 lovely and capable ladies from Congo, Somolia, Pakistan, Burma, and Iraq. They will be joining us for 3-6 months for our holistic program; Transitional Income, Job Skills, Education, and Emotional Growth. Together we will learn about each other’s cultures, grow friendships, build a strong sense of community, and create connections that will last a lifetime. Welcome, Ladies! We look forward to starting this new journey with you!

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Art Therapy

Jul 19, 2015 11:08:41 PM


ART THERAPY - Another tool we use at Full Circle Exchange to help the women in our Job Readiness Training program heal is creating and coloring in mandalas. The reason mandalas are so powerful in healing is because it is an active form of meditation. The movements used to create mandalas are repetitive, which help to reestablish a steady rhythm. The repetitive action requires a light focus rather than lot of thought or decision-making. This is what helps helps bring a person into the "here and now" instead of living in the past or present. This allows the women to focus on the present and their current goals. It also empowers to discover their abilities to create beauty and art.

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