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  • About the Women's Leadership Alliance

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  • The Women’s Leadership Alliance is an affiliate of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to empower women through advocacy, collaboration and leadership. Our networking opportunities—attended predominately by women—offer a collegial, friendly environment for developing meaningful business relationships. We also offer educational events to grow and learn both personally and professionally. The WLA collaborates with women’s organizations throughout the region to post events and information of concern to women on our website. All WLA members serve on a volunteer basis. Chamber members are welcome to join one of our committees.

    The wlahv.org website is our principle means of communicating with members and nonmembers. Our goal for the website is to be a central place to get information about women and women’s events in the Hudson Valley. The News section allows us to post news about issues affecting women locally, nationally and internationally; share inspirational or educational TED talks, books and webinars; and announce upcoming events hosted by the WLA and other women’s organizations. We also post news about area events and activities that advocate for women or women’s issues or offer educational or networking opportunities for women.

  • WLA Nonprofit of the Year:

  • Hope on a Mission is actively restoring dignity to homeless, addicted women of the streets in the City of Poughkeepsie by building relationships of unconditional love and unlimited grace.  Every Saturday morning at 8:30 and Saturday evening at 6:00 you will see their tables and tents on the corner of Main and South Clinton Streets to provide a hot meal, hope, love, prayer, and clothing, food, and personal care items to whomever walks by.

    On July 24, 2015, Cara Mia Bacchiochi answered her call from a higher power to go to the streets of Poughkeepsie, having been rescued from a lifelong cycle of substance use, recovery, and relapse. She had the desire to comfort other women who are caught up in the same cycle of homelessness, abuse, and addiction with which she is so familiar.

    Hope on a Mission (HOAM) Inc is a home grown nationally recognized 501( c ) (3) charitable organization that is fully focused on sharing love, respect, and dignity with the homeless, marginalized, and addicted people of Poughkeepsie. The organization places a special emphasis on serving homeless and vulnerable women by building relationships of grace, based on practical help and unconditional love.  Cara Mia was thrilled to hear that Hope on Mission was chosen as the WLA Non Profit of the year. Her desire is to strengthen her skills as a leader so she can build the organization to gain momentum moving forward to support as many women as possible for many, many years to come. 

    For more information about Hope on a Mission, click HERE