More than one hundred formerly homeless women and children gathered on Saturday morning for a day of holiday craft-making.
Women’s Empowerment, a non-profit organization that offers job training and support for homeless women, hosted their annual Holiday Craft Party. Dozens of volunteers helped guests make various crafts to give to family and friends for the holidays.
“It’s a day about dignity and giving and a chance to reconnect with each other,” Women’s Empowerment Fund Developer Kate Towson said. “A lot of these moms haven’t seen each other in a while, so they can reconnect and share their success stories.”
The day was also about their children. Santa Claus was there to take pictures with the families. Each child also received a handmade stocking that was donated by the community.
Guests say they always look forward to the organization’s events, and expressed their gratitude for the safe place it has consistently given them.
“Women’s Empowerment is like a safe haven. So when they have different events, it’s like ‘Oh, let’s go there,’ because I know it’s going to be a safe environment. I know it’s not going to be any foolishness,” Chanelle Sadler said.
Deni Goto filed this report.