About Us

Our Mission

To assist women in transition throughout Lancaster County to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The lIMG_0061abel “women in transition” can apply to:

  • Single mothers
  • First-time pregnant
  • Recently fired by an employer
  • Recently laid off by an employer
  • Recently quit a job
  • Dislocated homemakers, previously supported by another family member, forced by a death or divorce to reenter the work force, or enter it for the first time

Our Vision

To empower women in transition to participate fully in planning and achieving their career, educational, and personal goals. This program provides an environment that preserves dignity and supports personal choice.

Whom We IMG_0186Serve

The New Choices Career Development Program benefits women from all socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds from across Lancaster County. All women in transition over the age of 18 who have earned at least a GED or high school diploma are eligible.

Our pilot program, New Beginnings, helps female prison inmates within 30–90 days of release to transition back into the community.

How It Works

Through a ten-day, sixty-hour career guidance class, the Career Development Program benefits women in transition photoby giving them the skills and resources to succeed. Students are trained in job seeking, interviewing, and résumé writing. They learn the value of self-esteem, effective communication styles, and stress management. Students are introduced to resources in the community that help with housing, legal, and medical issues. After completing the course, students are eligible for scholarship funds to pursue short-term education. Students also receive continued guidance from the dedicated New Choices staff long after graduation. All of these elements help us to propel women in transition toward a successful future.

New Choices is overseen by Pennsylvania Women Work.

Pennsylvania Women Work’s New Choices career development sites are located across the Commonwealth. If you are looking for job training to further your career, we invite you to contact the program in the location most convenient for you.