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Hopeful not Homeless

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on February 13, 2011

By PWG Member Jana Gamble

Today @S.I.S. Mentors partnered with the @Midwest Professional Women’s Group and had an amazing trip to Hopeville!! We spent an hour with the Mayor and the residents of Hopeville touring, talking, engaging, and encouraging!! Through our trip we uncovered the truths about the rumors and myths about this group of 45 “homeless” people. We’ve got it wrong folks- they ARE at home! Many of them are there by choice and do not want to leave. You can learn a lot by walking an hour in their shoes. There are 45 residents, only 7 of which are women and the Mayor is a Woman!! How cool is that! The youngest person is about 21 and the oldest is 62. Some of them have flame retardant homes, pets, spouses, families in the St. Louis area, they are skilled, talented, friendly and caring individuals. Several of them stated that this is the first time they have ever had their own home!

When we pulled up a couple of us in the car started to cry. When we left we left changed! We drove away with smiles on our faces and we grateful to make some new friends. This was a life changing experience for my family, my S.I.S. girls and my PWG sisters! We’re so grateful for this opportunity! ❤

Hopeville is in need of many items you may not think of such as: Men’s clothing, batteries (lots of them and all sizes for flashlights, etc.), socks, gloves, propane tanks, blankets, building supplies, phone cards (minute cards) and of course toiletries.

Today make an impact on our community! Show someone that there is Hope and that our community cares today!
Jana Gamble, is a Midwest Professional Women’s Group Member. She is the author of three books, I am a child of God, 107 ways to Give When You Think You Have Nothing to Give and Capture your Giving and Blessing, A Journaling  Journey to new discovery. Gamble writes a column in the monthly Connections Newsletter entitled “Inspirations from an Everyday Woman.”

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“WINTER DRIVE”

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on January 24, 2011

‘PLEASE HELP’

DRESS FOR SUCCESS MIDWEST

THE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP

“WINTER DRIVE”

We need YOU, OUR COMMUNITY

HELP

THE HOMELESS WOMEN

IN

THE

METRO

ST. LOUIS AREA

We are collecting , bottle water, converter box, halls cough drops, aspirins, hoodies, candles, sleeping bags,  blankets,hats, shoes, firewood and propane gas, socks, gloves toilet tissue, personal hygiene items (toothpaste, small mouthwash, mints, gum, floss, lip balm, lipstick, lip gloss, female hygiene products, comb/brush, deodorant, powder, soap, body wash,

lotion, shampoo, conditioner, sanitizer wipes) to be distributed to local area homeless women

Please drop off donations at  1701 N. Second Street, St. Charles MO 63301, between 9am -4pm. Thank You

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity with our

‘COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT’

Email us at

pwgcap2011@gmail.com

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Dress for Success Midwest Community Action Project Update

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on January 23, 2011

“ Yes We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles”

Dress for Success Midwest Professional women’s group voted to have an project that focused on empowering women. We felt that being a part of Dress for Success Midwest has given us tools to empower ourselves and we wanted to share that with other women. We are utilizing our Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group blog to encourage women to use technology to get information that would be helpful in them overcoming their obstacles. We created the blog and social networking accounts ( twitter and facebook) to provide women with information about career advice, personal finance, women’s health and community resources.

In addition to our online efforts we are providing homeless women and their families information about resources and feeding them.Our project goal is to support women who are re-entering society from incarceration, homeless women, and women living in poverty. We want to equip women with information about community resources and approaches to overcome obstacles may be holding them back.

For the conclusion of our project we plan to hold a one day conference for homeless women on March 12 and women re entering society from prison by and provide information and resource on the areas of employment, personal finances and women’s health.

Our theme this year is “Yes We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles.” The women in our membership have over come obstacles. Several members have experienced being homeless. This has caused them to be interested in giving back to the community through helping the homeless.

Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group (PWG) has formed a partnerships with First Steps Back Home, Makeover for Life Outreach, and Opal’s House to assist women with workshops job preparation and readiness. We are reaching out to our community global to provide information about personal finances and women’s health. We are have contributors who have shared blog post on career advice, personal finances, and women’s health Locally we are developing relationships with university, ministries and non project organizations who work with the homeless.

We kicked off our community action project by feeding, providing gift bags and resource information to homeless women and their families.

Our progress we have given bags of personal hygiene items to 40 women and we have feed homeless women and their families three meals.

Ly Syin Lobster
Dress for Success Midwest Community Action Project Leader
http://www.pwg2011.wordpress
twitter @stlpwg

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Open Mic Day Event

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on January 23, 2011

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Girl Scout Troop #2741 Silver Award Project:

Open Mic Day Event

Who: This entertainment event is open to Girl Scout Family and Friends.

Where: Connections to Success @ St. Charles Campus

1701 N Second Street, St. Charles, MO. 63366
When: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Admission per person: 3-5 personal care items, packaged in a goodie bag, ready to be passed on to the woman / child in need (toothbrushes, toothpaste, small mouthwash, mints, gum, floss, lip balm, lipstick, lip gloss, female hygiene products, comb / brush, deodorant, powder, soap, body wash, lotion ,shampoo, conditioner, sanitizer wipes)
RSVP: what type of performance your troop or girls will do, example:  3mins-5mins song, poem, or dance (must have own music) to
Lynn’s email:  dreamnbelieve14@yahoo.com

Our troop is collecting the personal care items for the homeless women and children from PWG (Professional Women’s Group), Community Action Project of St. Charles, MO.
The items we collect will be given away at a Women’s Conference Workshop on March 12, 2011, at the St. Charles campus.
Performance Times will be emailed back to all troops that have signed up to perform.
Any questions please feel free to give troop leader Lynn Thomas a call @ 636-724-7594.  Leave a message and one of the girls will return your call.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri encourage all people with disabilities to participate in all Girl Scout events and programs. Please indicate below if you have a disability and any accommodations needed to participate in this event.
Does any participant have a disability? No_______ Yes________
If yes, indicate what type: Hearing impairment______ Specific learning disability _____ Physical impairment _____
Visual impairment_____ Other impairment_______
Please describe any accommodations needed: _____________________________________________________________

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She is my Inspiration

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 22, 2010

She’s my inspiration but she’ll never even know it- you see I’ve never personally met her, but watching her, knowing her drive and struggles she faces causes me to face those- then seeming insignificant challenges in my hard dealt life.

You see it’s not so hard any more when I look at all she faces, ya see it’s not such a bad hand I’ve been given when I see the cards that she’s layed down. It’s more about how you play your cards anyway and not just about what you’re dealt.

She’s my inspiration

I come home and kick off my heels and complain about how it seems like there should be less mess and how I’m tired of this ol’ dishwasher because it never gets my dishes clean.

She kicks her heels up on a park bench and pries her tattered shoes off her severely blistered heels until an officer tells her she can’t be here because this is private property. She gets back up and walks around hoping to find somewhere safe and warm to sleep tonight.

She is my inspiration

She is my inspiration because she finally got the courage to leave him. Even though he had withdrawn all her money and told her she wouldn’t make it on her own.

She is my inspiration because she doesn’t walk alone but with a set of size 12 little girls shoes that she makes sure get to the school every day and on time.

She is my inspiration because she won’t let anything stand in her way from showing her baby girl that her God will protect them and make a way out of no way for them.

She is my inspiration because she took a coupon from a stranger she met at the soup kitchen and found herself standing in front of Dress for Success.

She is my inspiration because she took that coupon from a stranger, that gave her a suit, that landed her a job, that gave her the income that enabled her to get her own home, that gave her a place to park her new car, that gave her and her baby girl hope to move on.

She is my inspiration!

She was homeless by choice. My inspiration by divination!

She is my inspiration!

 

Jana Gamble, is a Midwest Professional Women’s Group Member. She is the author of three books, I am a child of God, 107 ways to Give When You Think You Have Nothing to Give and Capture your Giving and Blessing, A Journaling  Journey to new discovery. Gamble writes a column in the monthly Connections Newsletter entitled “Inspirations from an Everyday Woman.”

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Profile of PWG Memeber

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 16, 2010

When you empower a woman you empower a family, when you empower a family you
empower and entire community. Hillary Clinton

Anne Murray a member of Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group
(PWG) is an example of that. When first introduced to PWG she had  all kinds of
obstacles such as legal, housing, and more.  Murray has been gainfully employed
for  5+ years at the same company. She has become a success story. Murray
achieved her goal of going back to school to get her degree in Criminal Justice.
Since attending school she is in the Honors Program and was inducted into the
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Murray started attending PWG  2004. In 2006 she was recognized for her
leadership abilities and  asked to participate in The Leading Ladies program
that encouraged women to become leaders in their community. The Leading Ladies
program was a 9 month intensive program. The curriculum  focused on being a
board member for non profits and how to impact the community. After completing
the program Murray put her skills to work by being on the planning committee for
several of Connections to Success entry level women’s conferences. In 2009, she
was co -host of H.O. P. E. Summit.

She stated , “Being a part of PWG has provided me with many opportunities. Since
I have been affiliated with PWG I have receive professional attire,
participated in “90 days to Launch” a class for female entrepreneurs, member of
the “WI$E Up” a financial empowerment course for women, which all have helped me
tremendously.”

Murray explained, “ I am glad we participate in Dress for Success World wide
community action project challenge each year. It gives us an opportunity to give
back to the community. This year we are giving back to homeless and this is a
chance to make a real difference. I was homeless before,  I can relate to the
people we are serving this year. I have overcome obstacles and I know we will be
able to assist the  homeless women to overcome their obstacles.”

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PWG Spoken Word to Benefit the Homeless

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 30, 2010

Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group (PWG) started a Spoken word/ Open Mic which consist of  Positive poetry performances and smooth  sounds and Aminah’s Treats.   There will be a featured artist then the floor is open. Come prepared to share your talents.  Now that they are gearing up for their annual community action project. They  have decided to give the proceeds from October and November’s Open Mic night to First Steps Back Home. PWG’s October Spoken Word/Open Mic night we be  held on from 7-9pm, on October 16, 2010  and Nov 20, 2010 at Grace’s Cafe.

First Steps Back Home is christian ministry which serves chronic, transient and working homeless.PWG will be partner with First Step Back Home to kick off their community action project.  Lobster stated, “for our first event, we will provide dinner and mentoring opportunities as well as give them the proceeds from our October Spoken Word/ Open Mic Night.” The Community Action Project has two purposes: to make a difference in the community and to encourage women who have received help to give something back.

According to Community Action Project Leader, Ly Syin Lobster, this year our project will focus  on homeless women and women who are reentering society from prison. Our theme is , “Yes, We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles.” Which is fitting because myself and other women in our group have overcome the obstacle of being homeless. Giving back to the homeless is a great activity for our community action project.”

She explained, Our  goal is to assist the women through encouraging them to utilize technology to learn what resources are available to help them, PWG will also provide workshops and a one day conference focusing on the areas of career advice, women’s health, and personal finances to assist women in becoming self sufficient.

In previous years PWG’s community action project has focuses projects such as: increasing awareness of sexual abuse, women’s legal advocacy, and mentoring  teenagers. Lobster stated, “We are exciting about working with the homeless and women who are re entering society from prison.’

Dress for Success Midwest provided women transition to the workforce with business appropriate apparel as they prepare to enter the professional workforce. It PWG allows members to network professionally. For more information visit http://www.pwg2011.wordpress. You can connect with them on facebook or twitter@stlpwg.

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