“Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities”

Empowering women and their families to enter the workforce as stronger, more confident individuals. Programs & Services include: 

COVID-19 Family Assistance Program
Women’s Mentoring Network has seen first-hand the changes brought on by the pandemic, The financial situation of the families that we work with has changed dramatically. Please help to provide direct financial assistance to our clients by donating to the COVID–19 Family Assistance Program. Families will be provided with financial assistance for rent, food, and utilities. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of funds will go directly to those in need.

Women’s Mentoring Network is currently offering all of its Workshops online. Workshops are open to all – if you are interested in joining the workshops, please email: womensmentoringnetwork@wmninc.org

Upcoming workshops include:

Tues, May 26 at 12pm –
Job Search Strategies presented by a representative from Merritt Staffing

Wed, May 27 at 6pm –
Aligning Financial Strategies, in partnership with the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, presented by representatives from GreenPath Financial Wellness

Thurs, May 28 at 12pm –
Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills presented by representatives from the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk

Tues, June 2 at 12pm –
Focus on Your Physical Health & Nutrition

Thurs, June 4 at 12pm-
Pursuing Your Career (and Life) Goals with Clarity & Confidence presented by Joanna Echols

Mon, June 8 at 12pm –
Reinventing Yourself presented by Liz Dederer, CEO of Selling with Service


Serving hundreds of adults and youth with resume preparation, interview skills, job search, budgeting assistance, improving credit scores, and personal finance management services annually.


Peer to peer mentoring keeps the client goal focused, celebrates milestones, and provides an individual with a unique experience.


Women gain day to day life management and coping skills that allow them to recognize their potential, build self-confidence, self-advocate and build stronger family units to move forward with career and educational goals.


Strongly promotes adult college level studies and technical training that leads to increased employment opportunities and economic sustainability.


Distributes over 100,000 meals annually in conjunction with the Fairfield County Food Bank. This helps families stretch their food budgets and increases the nutritional value of their meals.


Fairfield County households living paycheck-to-paycheck


Increase in client enrollment between 2015 and 2017


.90 cents of every $1.00 raised goes directly to Client Services


Meals distributed annually in partnership with Fairfield County Food Bank

Thank you to everyone that came out to support Women’s Mentoring Network at our Annual Fundraiser at the Woodway Beach Club. Please watch Joanne’s story of her journey with Women’s Mentoring Network and her story of inspiration.

Visiones and the Women’s Mentoring Network – Lynda Baquero speaks with Lana Gifas, the executive director of the Women’s Mentoring Network, and Carolyn Armas, a Women’s Mentoring Network volunteer, about the services the organization provides.


Women’s Mentoring Network empowers low-income women and their families by providing the support services and programs needed to help them find better employment and educational opportunities.  Programs focus on Workforce Development and Financial Literacy.


The individuals that walk through our door are hardworking individuals  – they are working one or two jobs or working and going to school.  Most are living paycheck-to-paycheck. They are not looking for handouts.  These women voluntarily seek our help so that they may have the ability to move forward in life and provide a better life for their families.


The staff provides the clients with one-on-one in-office services, as well as Life Skills Workshops.  Women’s Mentoring Network is a multi-generational, family organization.   In addition to assisting the women, we work with the children of the families that we serve to assist the students with achieving their goals as they navigate their way through high school and college.  We also recently started a tutoring program for elementary school and middle school students.  

  • Providing services that promote purpose, opportunity and foster positive life expectations
  • Building an educational and social foundation that allows maximization of potential
  • Enabling individuals to mainstream as productive, skilled members of the workforce
  • Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty

Women’s Mentoring Network is proud to part of the following collaboratives:

The most significant recent accomplishments of our clients include their continued success in finding jobs and then going on to grow in their careers.