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Women finding their way in group
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Forsyth County News

Our community is filled with people who want to help others and are passionate about what they do. Such a description is perfect when writing about Sue Wilson, the founder and director of Garden of Empowerment.

I first spoke with Sue a few years ago and am so excited to give an update on how this group is doing.

When Sue and I recently reconnected, she explained the group has done nothing but grow and continue to help others. Sue reminded me that she started Garden of Empowerment 11 years ago while she was in the middle of her divorce.

“I was searching in the community for a place I could feel connected, get some perspective and move forward,” she said.

When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, Sue took matters into her own hands and invited some friends over who were in similar situations. Sue said she knew there were so many women trying to “find their way after a divorce” and she felt compelled to do something.

“Divorce is devastating for any woman — your life is completely turned upside down,” Sue said. “There is a combination of fear, anxiety, even embarrassment as you wonder where do I go from here? How will I survive? I’m a smart woman, how did I get myself into this position?”

Sue emphasized that if you have never experienced divorce or widowhood, you truly cannot grasp the enormity of it.
Garden of Empowerment, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group, offers women a safe place for emotional healing and personal growth.

“We want to empower women to live to their fullest potential,” Sue said.

Garden of Empowerment offers numerous programs and workshops that deal with every aspect of how divorce affects women and their families. Programs deal with everything from discovering your purpose in life, to self-defense, financial issues and more.

Garden of Empowerment fills an important need in our community. Sue told me that over the past 11 years, her organization has given hope to more than 1,200 women.

Sue is such a warm and giving person, I totally understand why her group has been successful and continues to grow in numbers.

Sue likes to emphasize that Garden of Empowerment is not a support group.

“That has such a negative connotation about it. We are not about getting together to throw a pity party,” she told me. In addition, the group has members of all ages. Sue said they have women ranging from their 30s to their 70s and they come from all walks of life.

“We are the average American woman; we could be your child’s teacher, the cashier at the store, or the woman sitting in front of you in church,” she said.

So all of that to say, please support this organization by attending its third annual “A Woman’s Life Expo” on Sept. 29 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. The event is free and promises to offer an abundance of “entertainment, activities and shopping” for all.

There will be goodie bags (my favorite), door prizes, raffles and many vendors. There are still openings for vendors, so those interested need to sign up.

Also, please consider being a sponsor. What a great way to get your company’s name out there and at the same time, help a terrific organization.

I will definitely be at this event and hope to see many of you there.

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at