Shoppers perused racks of upscale donated things and elected officers despatched certificates as a Lehigh Valley nonprofit on Saturday celebrated the relocation of its resale boutique.
My Sister’s Closet, now in the Bethlehem Village Retailers at 3560 Nazareth Pike in Bethlehem Township, raises cash for Bloom for Gals Inc. — formed last calendar year by means of a merger of Truth of the matter for Women of all ages and Bloom Bangor.
Bloom for Girls delivers a religion-centered, two-yr program for ladies to triumph over trauma, trafficking and dependancy, explained CEO Carol Andersen. Providing 4 household facilities with area for up to 19 girls, its application is designed to help rebuild lives ravaged by conditions they did not opt for and who need to have a risk-free area, she mentioned.
“We stand in solidarity with all ladies that they ought to not be utilized as commodities but as an alternative be given the possibility to dream and rebuild all those dropped goals that they experienced, so that they can have a lifetime that is meaningful and raise their young children, have family members and have exciting just like you and I all want to do,” Andersen stated at Saturday’s grand opening.
Rebekah Fritchman, supervisor of My Sister’s Closet, found the new site for the boutique previous November to swap the past location that experienced restricted road publicity, Andersen said.
“All of our providers for the girls that are in our two-12 months method are at no charge to them,” Andersen stated. “And My Sister’s Closet, the means that we increase here are so important. We hope to improve our revenue and then utilize women that are in our plan to give them safe and sound careers and economic chance that they would not have had we not been below at this place.”
Among the individuals in attendance Saturday had been point out Rep. Ann Flood, R-Northampton, and representatives of condition Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton, and U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, a Democrat from Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District that handles Lehigh, Northampton and southern Monroe counties.
A customer of Bloom for Women of all ages, a Bangor space resident who agreed to be recognized by her initial name, Ashley, shared testimony from her latest baptism. A mother, she spoke of overcoming her very own tumultuous childhood, a poisonous partnership, and drug and alcoholic beverages abuse.
“My daily life has transcended past my wildest goals,” mentioned Ashley, who is eight months sober. “The particular person I’m turning out to be is the ladies I know God has been waiting for me to be.”
Together with My Sister’s Closet, Bloom for Females also operates Bloom Innovative Studio in Bangor that uses art as a healing software and offers a present store, Do it yourself crafts, pottery and glass fusion.
My Sister’s Closet hrs are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday via Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Master a lot more at bloomforwomen.org.
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