The Ladder Alliance mission is to provide women victims of domestic violence or low-income women with the tools to lead self-reliant, independent, and successful lives.
In December of 2002, Founder and Executive Director, Sharon Cox, held the first Board meeting to discuss how to turn her dream of helping women victims or low income-women, gain marketable job skills to become self-reliant. Sharon taught The Ladder Alliances’ first class in January of 2003 at a single location with seven students and four children who were referred by Women’s Haven (now part of SafeHaven), a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Childcare and a light meal was provided for the students and their children to make it easier for the women to arrive to class on time. By the third set of classes, there were 36 students with 66 children referred by four agencies being taught in four donated locations. By 2007, The Ladder Alliance moved to a central location that included offices, classrooms, a dining hall and childcare areas.
Recently, The Ladder Alliance has adopted a GED preparation course in addition to its computer skills program. The computer skills program has expanded and is offered at two off site locations, Catholic Charities and Opening Doors for Women in Need (ODWIN) in addition to its main site at the Riverside Disciples Ministries Center (RDMC). The expansion to multiple locations was made to reduce the transportation barrier, and to allow men to attend classes, thus maintaining the main site as a “safe” environment for victims of domestic abuse.
Since its beginning, The Ladder Alliance has served over one thousand adults, and is rapidly growing. This fall, The Ladder Alliance will be moving into the family justice, One Safe Place in Fort Worth, TX.