Inspiration, Motivation & Participation
Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 13, 2011
Inspiration, Motivation and Participation are the three words that best describe the 2011 Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group Community Action Project, a conference for homeless women. This is fourth Community Action project Professional Women’s Group has done. Each year the affiliates of Dress for Success Worldwide are challenged to give back to the community through a community action project.
The inspiration for the homeless women conference came from PWG. Ly Syin Lobster, project leader thought she could give back the homeless community because being when she homeless she thought , when situation changes I want to help other homeless people.
The theme for the homeless women’s conference was “Yes We Can Women Overcoming Obstacles”. The event was kicked off with a empoWErment moment by Fatima Maddox, a member of Sisters Impacting Sister. Sisters Impacting Sisters was formed during the 2008 community action project by PWG member, Jana Gamble.
PWG member Vival Lopez was host and Deana Webber, mayor of Hopeville, a tent city just north of Arch , was co- host for “Yes, We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles Conference. Debbie Reinhardt of hopeful transitions, talked about goal setting with the women.. Ms. Reinhardt also designed the “ Yes We Can Women Overcoming Obstacles Logo. Patty Cook shared about how to SPARK your life in 5 Speculator Steps. PWG members model in a fashion show to demonstrated interview attire and professional attire.
Job Talk Radio Show Host, Marylin Parker shared her some career tips with the women. She informed them the most important thing for job search was networking. She provided information about the Job Alliance a ministry that assist those the unemployed activity seeking a job.
The event ended with a Real Women panel discussion about overcoming obstacles. Our panelist were Minister Lisa Chunn, Minster Dorothy Matthews, Minister Marilyn Parker and Jessica Turner. Minister Lisa Chunn and author of One Day My Soul Opened Up, briefly shared about how she overcame the obstacle of drug abuse, being an homeless.
Panelist,Jessica Turner a college student at University of Missouri at St. Louis also experience being homeless twice in her life. She encouraged the women to stay motivated as they search for resources that can help them. She expressed how education helped provide a better life for herself and her daughter. Turner stated she set goals for herself even when she was homeless.
Minster Dorothy Mathews , founder of Beyond the Hurt Ministries shared that she had never experience being homeless, but that she knows about overcoming obstacles. She shared about how fear can paralyze and stop women leaving bad situations.
Sparkman publisher and Job talk radio show host Marylin shared how her faith in Christ has helped her to overcome the obstalces in her. Parker stated she has never experienced homeless but she has experienced unemployment and many other challenges in life.
PWG began a winter drive last fall to collect personal care items to give away on the day of the conference. All the homeless women received a bag of personal care items. Ly Syin Lobster said, “ I am amazed at the amount of donations we received. There were three racks full of clothes donated to give the homeless women. Breakfast was provided by St. Louis Bread Company Care Cafe and volunteers from a bible study class at Cavalry Church Mid Rivers campus. Fried chicken was donated from King Edward Fried Chicken St. Charles location.
Dress for Success Midwest provides women transitioning to the workforce with business appropriate apparel. Dress for Success provides each participant with one suit for interviewing and another when they achieve employment. Since opening our doors in May 1998, Dress for Success Midwest has suited over 21,000 participants. Connections to Success aims to manifest the internal progress our participants have made into outward confidence.
For more information on available sponsorships or to make a donation to the community action project, contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.