High Point, NC— After completing a unique program designed to help women recognize their full potential, Brenda Rolph was able to buy her first home with assistance from the Housing Authority of the City of High Point.

Rolph was excited about home ownership, but she needed furniture. Traveling Restoration, a locally owned home furnishings company, stepped up to provide furnishings for Rolph’s home.

Here’s how it came together.

The life-changing program is called GWEN (Gathering Women for Educating and Nurturing). It’s a program of the High Point Community Foundation’s Women in Motion initiative. 

Women in Motion developed and presents the GWEN Program for women who want to strengthen their skills needed to improve and create success in their lives. The GWEN Program has been successfully offered this year at Guilford Technical Community College, the Housing Authority of the City of High Point, YWCA of High Point and YMCA in Jamestown.

The Housing Authority of the City of High Point includes the GWEN Program as one of several avenues offered to empower the working women. It is integrated into the Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program that links participants to additional resources to help achieve higher level employment, increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

The GWEN Program further enhances the Housing Authority’s efforts by offering working women knowledge and resources to build economic advancement and to succeed both professionally and personally.

Traveling Restoration, a local family-owned business providing unique, custom painted furniture, contacted Women in Motion to determine how the business could help women in the community. With Rolph qualifying and purchasing her first home the partnership was a perfect fit, since furniture is one of the greatest needs of new homeowners.

“We’re a woman-owned and operated business successfully operating in the High Point market since 2014,” said Melissa Coloton of Traveling Restoration. “In 2018, we knew it was time to engage with our community and ensure we’re participating in the success of High Point as a whole, especially with women entrepreneurs.

“Women in Motion is a perfect fit for us to partner with and ensure we’re involved in the community. It’s an organization that has the same beliefs as we do: to empower and promote women in business,” said Coloton. “Traveling Restoration wants to help women who’ve worked hard to purchase their own home by supplying them with a necessary item that will give them a sense of pride.”

On December 12 at the at the Housing Authority’s Board meeting, Traveling Restoration and Women in Motion announced Brenda Rolph as the first participant to be awarded the unique furniture.

The GWEN Program will continue to expand in High Point, Jamestown, Archdale, Trinity, and Thomasville in 2019. Partnering with Women in Motion is a great way for local businesses to find their own unique way to support women in the community. Find out how you can get involved at www.womeninmotionhp.org.

About Housing Authority of the City of High Point—

The Housing Authority of the City of High Point (HPHA) was chartered as a non-profit corporation in January 1940 under General Statutes, Article 157 of the State of North Carolina to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing to the low-to-moderate income citizens of High Point.

The agency administers 1,145 units funded under the Public Housing program, 1,519 tenant-based Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and 101 units through the Section 8 New Construction program. The agency operates programs in the areas of housing counseling, Public Housing Capital Fund Program (CFP), Congregate Housing Supportive Services, Demolition and Revitalization of Severely Distressed Public Housing (HOPE VI Grants), Affordable Housing, Upward Mobility, and Resident and Supportive Services.

In addition, the Housing Authority of the City of High Point is a Certified Housing Counseling Agency. Certified Housing Counselor(s) provide a comprehensive approach to financial wellness and homeownership to the public. www.hpha.net

About the High Point Community Foundation—

The High Point Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening a diverse, healthy and productive community for both present and future generations. It promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in responding to community needs. hpcommunityfoundation.org

Pictured above, left to right: Myrna Wigley, Women in Motion Leadership Committee, Ginny McDermott, Women in Motion Leadership Committee, Melissa Coloton, Traveling Restoration, Brenda Rolph, GWEN Program Participant, Jeanne Coloton, Traveling Restoration, Lisa Brayton, Women in Motion Leadership Committee and Grace Kanoy, Women in Motion Leadership Committee