Buyers perused racks of upscale donated things and elected officials 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 Shops at 3560 Nazareth Pike in Bethlehem Township, raises cash for Bloom for Girls Inc. — formed final yr by a merger of Reality for Gals and Bloom Bangor.
Bloom for Women features a faith-primarily based, two-12 months application for women of all ages to get over trauma, trafficking and habit, reported CEO Carol Andersen. Featuring four residential amenities with home for up to 19 women of all ages, its method is developed to aid rebuild life ravaged by situations they did not choose and who will need a safe and sound location, she reported.
“We stand in solidarity with all women of all ages that they must not be utilized as commodities but as an alternative be given the likelihood to desire and rebuild these missing goals that they had, so that they can have a lifetime that is meaningful and increase their children, have people and have enjoyment just like you and I all desire to do,” Andersen explained at Saturday’s grand opening.
Rebekah Fritchman, supervisor of My Sister’s Closet, found the new place for the boutique past November to substitute the former place that experienced minimal highway exposure, Andersen stated.
“All of our products and services for the gals that are in our two-year plan are at no cost to them,” Andersen reported. “And My Sister’s Closet, the sources that we increase right here are so substantial. We hope to maximize our sales and then use ladies that are in our plan to give them safe jobs and economic option that they would not have had we not been listed here at this spot.”
Among individuals in attendance Saturday have been condition Rep. Ann Flood, R-Northampton, and associates of condition Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton, and U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, a Democrat from Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District that addresses Lehigh, Northampton and southern Monroe counties.
A shopper of Bloom for Ladies, a Bangor spot resident who agreed to be discovered by her to start with identify, Ashley, shared testimony from her the latest baptism. A mother, she spoke of conquering her possess tumultuous childhood, a toxic marriage, and drug and alcoholic beverages abuse.
“My lifestyle has transcended previous my wildest goals,” mentioned Ashley, who is 8 months sober. “The human being I’m turning into is the gals I know God has been waiting around for me to be.”
Together with My Sister’s Closet, Bloom for Gals also operates Bloom Innovative Studio in Bangor that takes advantage of artwork as a healing tool and delivers a reward shop, Do-it-yourself crafts, pottery and glass fusion.
My Sister’s Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday by way of Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Study extra at bloomforwomen.org.
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