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7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900

Women's History Month Spotlight: LaShana Bolden-Luster

Posted March 05, 2024

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions women have made throughout the world.

Here at Catholic Charities, we have many women who make positive impacts on our clients’ lives that should not go unnoticed.

Meet Lashana Bolden-Luster, Program Manager for Job & Career Training Services (JCT).

Lashana started working for Catholic Charities 12 years ago as a Human Service Worker while earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Management.

“I love to talk to people. I love to get to know people and just… help them in any way that I can…” Lashana said.

After graduating, Autumn Winfeld, Director of JCT encouraged Lashana to apply for the Employment Coordinator position to help build her skills in her career.

“When I graduated, Autumn invited me to apply for an Employment Coordinator position so I moved up then,” Lashana said.

Her education didn’t stop there. Lashana went back to school to earn her master's and was again motivated to apply for another position at JCT that she was qualified for.

“She [Autumn] invited me to apply again for a Vocational Coordinator and I stayed in that position for a few years, and then the Program Manager position became available,” Lashana said.

When Lashana sees other women succeed and reflect on how far they’ve come, she automatically thinks about Women’s History Month.

“Just seeing women succeed is what makes me think of Women’s History Month,” Lashana said. “…seeing that and celebrating that is a wonderful thing.”

March is a time to celebrate the unity of women from all different backgrounds and different walks of life according to Lashana.

Lashana lives by the motto: always pull the positive out of every negative situation.

“There’s so much negativity in this world. I’m real big on just try and see the positive in something,” Lashana said, “Keep pushing. Don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t do, show them what you can do.”

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