Celebrating Women: Wingert always lends a helping hand

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For nearly a quarter of a century, Siouxland social worker Barb Wingert has gone above and beyond to help women in need. Her work has helped provide both economic and emotion support to those in crisis.

“We’re a very small organization, but we do big things,” said Wingert, a counselor at the Women Aware Resource

Since beginning her career at Woman Aware 24 years ago, Barb Wingert has dedicated her life to helping women in crisis.

“Being a social worker isn’t a job. It’s a way of life. It’s who you are,” Winger said. “All day ,every day, evenings and weekends.”

Woman Aware is a nonprofit organization that supports women going through tough transitions, helping them find the tools to get back on their feet. And no matter where they are in life, Barb always manages to see the light through the darkest of times.

“I see potential in everyone that comes in. I’m in awe every day at some of the women that come in here. They just need a little help and little extra support along the way,” said Wingert.

Not only will she believe in you, she will support you whole heartily, often times helping others with money from her own pocket, whether it’s buying a Christmas gift for a child who has nothing or providing clothing from her own closet to people who have none. Barb is of the mindset that the more she gives away, the more she gets.

“I have got back so much more than I have ever given and I’m blessed. I might not have a lot of money, but I have so much more in so many other ways.”

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