I hope everyone had a fantastic summer! We made the decision to close Ella’s Closet during the summer months as most of our families were gone, and supplies were low. We reopened in September with some new beginnings.
With the development of unique insight, we came up with the “New Beginnings” program. This new program requires the mothers to be actively doing one of the following: find a job or take a GED/ESOL class. They were very excited about this change! Most have found jobs and others are taking classes. We will continue offering workshops to those who can attend, and they will still have the opportunity to shop for the items they need for their children. Our role in this program is to advocate for the mothers by helping them with transportation to job interviews, getting appropriate work clothes, finding childcare, and even providing bus passes. This is an exciting addition to Ella’s Closet, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact this will have on the mothers.
Unfortunately, the long-awaited Mother’s Day event had to be canceled due to the death of my brother. We are still planning on an outing, but have not finalized a new date.
Ella’s Closet and The Lighthouse Café were honored on September 24 at the FFVA Annual Convention by receiving the Mike and Karen Stuart Humanitarian Award. We are very grateful to have been chosen for this award.
We are looking forward to the upcoming season with lots of fun activities for our children and families.
Please don’t forget us when you order on Amazonsmile.com. A percentage of your purchase will go to Ella’s Closet when you choose The Lighthouse Café as your charity.