Give Me A Chance: A Daughters of Charity Ministry

We at GIVE ME A CHANCE recently had the pleasure of being featured in a video made by Weber State University's Center for the Study of Poverty & Inequality. To learn more about GIVE ME A CHANCE and what we do, take a few minutes to watch this video. #GMAC

Posted by Give Me A Chance - Utah on Monday, November 26, 2018

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Our Mission

Driven by the God-given gift of dignity in each person, Give Me a Chance empowers low-income women by teaching marketable skills & providing opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency, while also enriching children's lives through education.

Our Story

In the Fall of 2010, with a vision in her heart, Daughter of Charity Maria Nguyen rented a 100-year-old building in central Ogden, and began offering sewing classes to low-income women. She saw the skills they would learn as a pathway toward better paying jobs in the workplace, and thus a step closer to self-sufficiency.

Her vision quickly caught on, as members of the community joined her in making the program a reality. Within a short time, Sister Maria noticed the women who were attending the sewing classes needed a safe place for their children, so she started an after-school program where the children could find help with their homework difficulties, and experience fun learning activities in science, music and art.

Sister Arthur joined Give Me A Chance as its new Executive Director in 2016. She helped the center focus on strategic growth as it continued to empower the women and children in the community. Under her, we started to offer more classes to the community. Since then, we offer as classes: Computer Literacy, Arts for Spirituality, Sewing/Quilting, English as a Second Language, and the After-School Program/Summer Program.

In 2020, we welcomed Sister Martha as the new & current Executive Director. She helped us previously with our After-School Program, and we are excited to work with her on upcoming events and activities to encourage communication & participation from the community.

Meet Our Team

One of the things we often hear is how Give Me A Chance is like a family.  Our clients, our supporters, our employees and volunteers all share the same sentiment. Here are some of those who make this community of caring and love happen.

Thomas Ruffing

Co-Director, After School Program

 

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Marissa Konkol

Web Content, Social Media Mgr.

Susanne Thompson

Manager, DeMarillac Formal Attire

 

Joel Romero

Environmental Services

 

Sister Lucia-Lam Nguyen, DC

Director, Arts for Spirituality

 

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Maria Juarez

Custodial Services