Although the OCW2W Christmas Walk event has been cancelled due to elevated COVID cases, the drive to provide Personal Care items for over 100 women in need continues.
There are several opportunities to help us fill "BAGS OF LOVE" by donating items to help make this a special holiday for over 100 women served by Grandmas House of Hope. You can:
ALL ITEMS NEED TO BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY DECEMBER 11th for "BAGS OF LOVE" delivery to Grandma's House of Hope. Providing one item in bulk is a great option, such as 10 bottles of shampoo, or 20 personal size Kleenex packets. All items will be divided into individual bags filled with love.
DELIVERY FOR ALL ITEMS GOES TO:
2414 Twenty-third Street - Newport Beach, Ca 92660
The OC Women2Women Walkathon at Crystal Cove Beach was a successful event with participants thrilled to visit after so many months apart. Attendee clothing donations of OVER 200 PIECES OF CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES increased the Working Wardrobes inventory of suits, shoes, and business attire presented to clients seeking employment.
Lisa Wingate Berman , fitness and health coach, enthusiastically led the group. It was a rare treat to gather and revel in the beauty of Crystal Cove Beach, celebrating friendship, and fitness, during these challenging times.
OC Women2Women secured a grant for over $5,000 worth of food and relief to help Grandma’s House of Hope helping to address their overwhelming needs. Je'net Kreitner, Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Grandma’s House of Hope explained, “This is a true miracle, providing food at a time we were having to turn children and families away due to lack of resources.”
Ms. Kreitner reported, the food donation will help provide a one-month distribution of:
You can provide virtual helping-hands to Grandma's House of Hope by visiting our DONATE page. For as little as $37.50 you can provide breakfast and lunch for one GHH shelter location for one happy day!
The WORKING WARDROBES career center was destroyed by a fire In February. In an effort to help rebuild and support Working Wardrobes, take time to CLEAR YOUR CLOSETS OF CLEAN PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING ON HANGARS. DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED WHEN A DROP-OFF LOCATION IS SECURED.
The room at Fleming's 'Restaurant was packed with women gathered for the OCW2W Lunch Club event honoring Nadine Haddad, co-founder of Home and Body Company. Nadine inspired the group with her personal story of strength, struggling and surviving while building her company and raising a family.
Generous guests contributed to the OCW2W Twin Blanket Drive, with donations going to our 2020 designated non-profit organization, Grandma's House of Hope. Je’net Kreitner founder of Grandma’s House of Hope, thanked the group for their support and shared her extraordinary story of surviving homelessness and passion to provide hope for women experiencing personal crisis.
Marmi's Shoes and Fleming's Restaurant donated gift certificates for the raffle. Each guest went home with a gift bag stuffed with Home and Body Company personal care items, courtesy of Nadine Haddad.
It was perfect weather for viewing the incredible Balboa Island Christmas lights, and for uniting friends and new acquaintances during the holiday season. Guests shared their stories, enjoyed the spectacular raffle prizes, while generously donating gifts to the children of Mariposa Women and Family Center. These tokens of love were received with great appreciation by families facing challenges during the holidays.
A special thanks to Sahar Hanna and her daughter for making the event truly festive with their incredible homemade
hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
The November Lunch Club event supported the highly valued relationship with OCW2W and Veteran's Legal Institute (VLI) due to their outstanding pro bono legal assistance on behalf of Veterans in need. Antoinette Balta, Executive Director and Co-founder of VLI addressed the enthusiastic group, sharing her experiences with helping women veterans become self-sufficient. The auction, raffle, and spectacular centerpiece sale gave everyone a chance to be a winner!
Diane Dixon, Newport Beach Mayor, kicked off our Lunch Club event with a moving and motivational discussion regarding how to stay relevant as a woman in today's world. She noted the value of being genuinely concerned and passionate about our own personal value and what we can contribute each day. She encouraged woman to be committed, have courage, and always be creative in all undertakings. Ms. Dixon's words inspired members, generating many private conversations with her after the luncheon.
Working Wardrobes CEO, Jerri Rosen, personally greeted guests who brought professional clothing donations and voiced her appreciation. These donations help Working Wardrobes transform their clients and prepare them for the workforce.
Whoops and hollers could be heard as several lucky guests won the raffles for RED O Restaurant and Marmi's shoes. We want to thank both of them for their ongoing support and donations.
We are happy to announce that our Career Clothing Drive at the recent Lunch Club event brought in enough clothing for approximately 100 women. Working Wardrobes representatives were thrilled with the overwhelming response. Our generous event guests enjoyed the mini-fashion show with Chico's and Marmi shoes breaking out their spring designs, providing creative ideas to update their wardrobes.
OC Women2Women received a Thank-You note from Working Wardrobes directly after the event, explaining:
"For our clients, an article of clothing represents so much more. It represents hope. It represents a brighter future. It represents transformation. It represents a new outlook on life, confidence, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. It represents a job."
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