2015 Women Resource Members
Mrs. Gale Womack
Ms. Barbara Gathers
Ms. Mary E. Deas
The Women's Resource Project, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization in Charleston, South Carolina that focuses on issues affecting women. It was founded in February 2006 by Barbara Gathers to promote health awareness, as well as economic, civic, cultural, and spiritual empowerment among women.
The Women's Resource Project, Inc. received its 501 (C)3 non-profit status in 2007. Since its inception, it has sponsored a number of programs and activities in the Charleston community, all of which have been well supported, well attended and well received.
The mission of the organization is to foster and support the personal and communal growth of women through education, networking, and public advocacy.
* Identify/address the critical issues affecting the
quality of life for women
* Promote the equality of women at home, at work
and in the public arena
* Create a diverse network and support system for
* Empower women to achieve their fullest potential
* Promote better communication among diverse
groups of women
Cultivating a community of “excellence” with focus on personal development and community engagement among women from all walks of life.
FOUNDER / ADVISOR
Mary Deas – Chairwoman
Cherry Seabrook – Vice Chairwoman
Vanessia Stokes - Secretary
Edna Edwards Williams –Treasurer
Doris Williams – Chaplain
“ You’re someone who does so much, so often, so willingly, thank you.”
“ Many people touched my life, but only a few touched my heart like you did. Your memorable
and loyal dedication to retired African American women who taught, administered, nurtured,
loved and sacrificed for students, with resilience and faith during ‘segregated years’ were nothing
less than outstanding.”
“ Thank you for inviting me to share in the Legacy of Legends affair honoring teachers 80 years
and older on March 14, 2015. That was a wonderful tribute and I was proud to have been a part
of the celebration.”
“ I’m very happy to know that my speech inspired everyone I’m still getting positive feedback
from people who attended the program. Thank you and the members of your organization
“I can hardly find words to express my appreciation for being invited the Legends’ Luncheon. It was such a memorable affair.” Mrs. Lillie Hill
“The Legends’ Luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Resource Project, Inc. at Father Figaro’s Hall was very enjoyable. It was like a grand reunion." Marjorie Howard
“It was so very kind and thoughtful of you to include me in the beautiful luncheon that honored retired legendary teachers of Charleston County. I found the entire luncheon to be very inspirational.” Ellen Ellerbee
"On behalf of the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Low country , thank you for all you and the Women’s Resource Project do for the community.” Courtney Duncan
"I just wanted to say that I appreciated the opportunity to hear Ms. Brazile speak. Many thanks to you and the Women’s Resource Project for hosting, what for me, was memorable event.” Camille M.
“I just want to tell you that I truly enjoyed the luncheon this afternoon. It was a wonderful program and Donna Brazile, as always, was very uplifting and joy to be heard.” Yvette Lambright
“I commend you on organizing and presenting a wonderful program today. In addition to great speakers and handouts, the meeting provided an opportunity for networking. I know that African American have major health care issues, but I feel that with the dedication of our health ministries, we can decease the rates of health care issues.” Florence Simmons
“Thanks you for your generous support of the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation’s community luncheon. Your support will help provide essential services for the residents of the Sea Islands.” Everard Rutledge
"Thanks you for your sincere dedication as a stakeholder to Charleston Development Academy Public Charter School. Stakeholders such as you provide CDA the opportunity to help serve our community more effectively and efficiently.” Cecelia Gordon Rodgers
“The First Lady sends her best wishes and hopes that you continue to work with those close to you to strengthen your community and our country.” Scheduling Dept. 1st Lady Michelle Obama
Highlights of Our Accomplishments
March 17, 2007 - Sponsored 1st Annual Women’s History Month Program - "We Speak Your Names," in recognition of retired Africian Americian female teachers, 80 years old and older, with Dr. Barbara Dilligard, PhD as keynote speaker, held at Father Figaro Hall.
March 15, 2008 - Sponsored 2nd Annual Women's History Month Program, "Da Gullah Connection," with poetry readings by Ms.Yvonne Bondurant and Ms. Akeba Maat El; Gullah spirituals by the Gullah Singers; and a silent auction, held at International Longshoreman's Hall.
September 27, 2008 - Partnered with the City of Charleston - MOJA Arts Festival and Burke High School; Charleston Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; MUSC/The Lean Team; The Citadel-It's Up To Me Program; and the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc. in sponsoring a Health and Wellness Fair, held at Burke High School.
December 27, 2008 - Partnered with Burke High School Foundation's Christmas Extravaganza by hosting a holiday book signing for Mrs. Kattie Catalon and Mr. Arnold Powell, held at Burke High School.
February 7, 2009 - Sponsored 1st Annual "Go Red for Women" Program in recognition of American Heart Month, with the late Dr. Betty Antiabong, Ashley River Family Physician; Dr. Marian Taylor, MUSC Cardiologist; and Rev. Jeannette Jordan, Nutritionist, as panelists, held at Alpha Kappa Alpha"s Building.
March 20, 2009 - Sponsored 3rd Annual Women's History Month Program, "Celebrating Women," with Ms. Donna Brazile, political strategist/analyst, as keynote speaker, held at Embassy Suites.
August 8, 2009 - Sponsored 1st Annual Retreat - Workshop/Training for board members and volunteers at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Carriage House, with Mr. Willi Glee as facilitator.
February 13, 2010 - Sponsored 2nd Annual "Go Red for Women" Program in recognition of American Heart Month, with Ms. Betty Maxey, Ms. Sandra Davis, Ms. Hattie Brown and Ms. Mary Washington, representatives from the local church ministries and Dr. Marian Taylor, MUSC Cardiologist, as panelists, held at International Longshoreman"s Hall.
August 14, 2010 - Sponsored 2nd Annual Retreat - Workshop/Training for board members and volunteers at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Carriage House, with Dr. Marguerite Archie- Hudson, PhD, as facilitator.
February 5, 2011 - Sponsored 3rd Annual " Go Red for Women" Program, in recognition of American Heart Month, with Mrs. Aneatra Brown, Ms. Vanessa Foster, Ms. Lisa Parker, Ms. Ethel Pendergrass, Ms. Gay Posser, and Ms. Tavia Sessoms, panelists, who experienced some form of cardiovascular disease, held at International Longshoreman's Hall.
March 26, 2011 - Sponsored 4th Annual Women History Month Program- "Herstory Spoken," with poetry by Ms. Joanna Crowell; dance by Ms. Myra Rose Laurie and Little Ms. Blue Eve; and paintings by Beki and Ms. Elayna Shakur, held at Burke High School Fine Art Center.
August 14, 2011 - Sponsored 3rd Annual Retreat for board members and volunteers, held at Morris Brown AME Church.
.November 19, 2011 - Sponsored 4th Annual Women's Program, Celebrating National Family Week with Phylicia Rashad, she is an actor and a producer.
February 11, 2012 - Sponored 4th Annual "Go Red for Women" Program, in recognition of American Heart Month, with Ms. Lorna Beck ( Franklin C. Fetter Center); Dr. Debbie Bryant (Tri-County Black Nurses Asssociation); Ms. Chelsea Reeves (American Heart Association); Dr. Ida Spruill, PhD (MUSC- Project Sugar); and Ms. Carrie Whipper (The Palmetto Project) as panelists, held at International Longshoreman's Hall.
August 18, 2012 - Sponsored 4th Annual Retreat for board members and volunteers, held at Morris Brown AME Church.
August 1, 2015 – Sponsored the 7th Annual Retreat for board members and volunteers, held at Minor Crosby Community Center.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - Sponsored the 7th Annual National Women's History Month Program, "Celebrating Retired African American Female Teachers, ' "Honoring the Legacy of Legends."
February 7, 2015 – Sponsored the 7th Annual “Go Red for Women” Program in recognition of American Heart Month with Dr. Deanna Cheek, Nephrology Specialist and Dr. Gaynell Magwood, Associate Professor of MUSC, as panelists.
August 2, 2014 – Sponsored the 6th Annual Retreat for board members and volunteers, held at Minor Crosby Community Center.
March 8, 2014 – Sponsored the 6th Annual Women History Month Program with the Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communication Commission, as keynote speaker.
February 8, 2014 - Sponsored the 6th Annual “Go Red for Women” Program in recognition of American Heart Month with Ms. Tania Kerns, Ms. Sandy Slavin, Mrs. Daisy Wright, and Dr. Marguerite Archer-Hudson as panelists.
October 10, 2013 - Sponsored a book signing for Dr. Ruth Edwards, PhD, held at Avery Research Institute.
February 9, 2013 - Sponsored 5th Annual "Go Red for Women" Program, in recognition of American Heart Month, with Mr. Rueben Wright - Donor Family Services Counselor; Ms. Brenda Pogue - Mother of a Donor; and Ms. Thelma Willis - Heart Transplant Recipient, as panelists, held at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.
March 23, 2013 - Sponsored 5th Annual Women's History Month Program, "Celebrating Women in Ministry," in honor of Rev. Lorraine Bradley, Rev. Deborah Carter, Rev. Nancy Fagen, Rev. Jeannette Jordan, Rev. Jeannine Smalls, Rev. Rosetta Swinton, and Rev. Leondra Stoney, with Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, first female AME Bishop, as keynote speaker, held at Embassy Suites.
August 17, 2013 - Sponsored 5th Annual Retreat for board members and volunteers, held at Jenkin's Home for Children.
2007 - 2009
2013 - current
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2013 - 2007
The Women's Resource Project, Inc. has fostered productive and mutually beneficial relationships with businesses, corporations, organizations and individuals in the community. Their support of the organization is greatly appreciated.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Charleston Hon. James E. Clyburn
Bank of South Carolina Law Offices of F. Renee Gaters, LLC
C. E. McKenzie & Associates, LLC Leroy Latten, Esq.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Charleston Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Deanna Cheeks Roper- St. Francis Healthcare Families for a Healthy Heart
Dr. Paula Orr Wells Fargo Bank
General Mills/Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Wm. Smith-McNeal Funeral Home
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Center for Women
Charleston Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Charleston Women’s Wellness Center
Mr. Armand Derfner, Esq.
Fielding Home for Funerals
Honorable Richard Fields
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, N. Charleston
Gathering of Queens
Ginn Clubs & Resorts
Girlfriends Hanging Out
Bishop & Mrs. Z. L. Grady
Griggs & Jenkins, LLC
Headquarters Beauty Salon
Hope’s Treasure Chest
Just A Sister Away
Law Offices of F. Renee Gaters, LLC
Miller Cadillac Inc.
NAACP – Charleston Branch
R.J. Washington – State Farm Insurance
Dr. David Rivers
Select Health of South Carolina
Shines Dry Goods
State Farm Insurance Company
Honorable Betty Williams
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Barbara’s Sweetgrass Baskets
Bob Harrell – State Farm Insurance
Ms. Gwendolyn Boyd
Charleston Chronicle Newspaper
Charleston Post and Courier
Charleston Youth Leadership Council
Coca-Cola of Atlanta
4 Imprirnt, Inc.
FDA – Office of Women’s Health
Food Lion Store
Mr. & Mrs. William Gathers
Hair Designs by John
Harris Teeter Supermarket
Hay Tire and Automotive
Hyman’s Seafood Restarurant
International Longshoreman’s Association 1422
Life Point, Inc. – Organ and Tissue Donations
Marquee Limo Service
Medical University of South Carolina
Mended Hearts, Inc.
M & M Creations
Morris Brown A.M. E. Church
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
Nat'l Council of Negro Women and Nat'l Council
Publix Super Market
Random House Publisher
ResCare Home Care
St. Patrick Catholic Church
Tiger Lily Florist
U. S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Our Adopted Family
- Charleston Development Academy
- Teachers' Supply Closet
- American Heart Association
- Young Ladies Conquering Obstacles
- Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care
- The YWCA of Greater Charleston