Consumers perused racks of upscale donated objects and elected officials sent certificates as a Lehigh Valley nonprofit on Saturday celebrated the relocation of its resale boutique.
My Sister’s Closet, now in the Bethlehem Village Shops at 3560 Nazareth Pike in Bethlehem Township, raises money for Bloom for Females Inc. — formed last yr through a merger of Truth of the matter for Women and Bloom Bangor.
Bloom for Ladies delivers a religion-dependent, two-12 months system for women to conquer trauma, trafficking and addiction, mentioned CEO Carol Andersen. Supplying four residential services with space for up to 19 women, its application is developed to enable rebuild life ravaged by conditions they did not pick and who need to have a safe area, she stated.
“We stand in solidarity with all ladies that they should not be utilised as commodities but alternatively be presented the prospect to desire and rebuild individuals shed desires that they had, so that they can have a daily life that’s significant and elevate their youngsters, have households and have enjoyable just like you and I all want to do,” Andersen stated at Saturday’s grand opening.
Rebekah Fritchman, supervisor of My Sister’s Closet, uncovered the new place for the boutique very last November to substitute the former spot that had limited street exposure, Andersen reported.
“All of our providers for the ladies that are in our two-12 months plan are at no value to them,” Andersen explained. “And My Sister’s Closet, the resources that we raise listed here are so substantial. We hope to enhance our revenue and then use gals that are in our application to give them harmless employment and financial chance that they would not have had we not been here at this locale.”
Between those in attendance Saturday were point out Rep. Ann Flood, R-Northampton, and associates of point out 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 Ladies, a Bangor spot resident who agreed to be determined by her 1st name, Ashley, shared testimony from her modern baptism. A mom, she spoke of beating her very own tumultuous childhood, a harmful romance, and drug and liquor abuse.
“My daily life has transcended past my wildest goals,” stated Ashley, who is eight months sober. “The person I’m becoming is the women I know God has been waiting for me to be.”
Together with My Sister’s Closet, Bloom for Women of all ages also operates Bloom Resourceful Studio in Bangor that utilizes art as a therapeutic software and presents a reward store, Do it yourself crafts, pottery and glass fusion.
My Sister’s Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday as a result of Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Discover additional at bloomforwomen.org.
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