My parents were good people. They did the best they were capable of for my sister and me. I wouldn’t change a thing from those days as I’ve grown into a successful and resourceful woman who looks adversity in the face and welcomes challenges.
I was raised by a single mother. My father is a nice man but, he and my mom had a very ugly divorce. The bitterness between the two of them stretched way beyond just hurting each other. He was the earner in the household. My mother was smart but unfortunately not great with money. I would often times go long periods of time, even years without seeing him or that side of the family. We certainly weren’t in a position to ask for money.
My mom, sister, and I often went without. We moved in the middle of the night to avoid bill collectors, landlords, had no electric or heat, and certainly didn’t have extra funds for luxuries like school trips or dances. Meals were a struggle. I’ve worked since I was 14 to help buy everyday items most people take for granted; a new shirt, dinner with friends, gas to get to and from school because there was no bus and my mom worked 70 hours a week.
Senior prom is a pretty huge experience and going to a school in Grosse Point, Michigan where most of the kids are well off only added to the pressure to measure up. I was asked! I decided I could only rely on myself to make it happen. My date and I went in on the tickets together. I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself leading up to the dance to earn enough money for the dress, the shoes, the accessories, hair, makeup- the whole shebang! I literally rolled coins to make it happen. I was working so hard that I was exhausted and my school work suffered.
Now, many years later although, like I said, I wouldn’t change it, I realize what I spent at the time could have gone to school supplies, books, college classes, and more. That’s why, when I heard about what Dani Lutz and reWEARable are doing I felt my eyes well up and it reminded me of how overwhelming and stressful that time leading up to prom was. Not having to pay for a dress, shoes, hair etc. would have been a huge weight off my shoulders. By donating a dress, shoes, or an accessory you will be creating wonderful memories for young women everywhere that want to be a part of that special night. It’s such an amazing and simple way for everyone to be included in this right of passage.
We are 4 days out until reWEARable’s 1st BIG PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY on Thursday, March 22nd from 4-7:30pm. Our headquarters, aka my living room, is filled with over 400 beautiful dresses, amazing shoes, and great accessories. Put it all together and you get hundreds of gorgeous head to toe looks for this year’s prom! Can’t wait until next Thursday! #helpingdetroitshine
We are so excited to share that Sundance Shoes in Birmingham, Michigan has put a donation box in their store until March 21st. The will be collecting dresses, shoes, and accessories. Additionally, 15% of the proceeds from the sales over the next week will go to reWEARable. #shoplocal #supportingnonprofit
A huge thank you to Guys and Gals of West Bloomfield for donating two beautiful dresses, necklaces, and earrings! The jewelry is so amazing we are going to raffle off one of the necklaces! One lucky winner will walk away with some serious neck bling!
My friend Leora Tapper has generously donated bags of bracelets from Alex and Ani one of the coolest, trendiest brands around. They are great stacked or worn individually. Each one has special meaning and all jewelry is blessed by a shamen before going out into the world. Another thing reWEARable and their incredible supporters @tappers is doing to make prom special for young girls in Detroit this year! #changinglives1x1
Excited to announce that reWEARable and My House of Style will be doing an event in February. Details to come soon.
February 28, 2018, I will be attending the adult Purim party at Temple Beth El. We will be collecting donations at the event and there will be a rack left at the temple for the month of March for anyone who would like to donate.
We have collected around 200 dresses this year and we are still in need of many more. Please spread the word to all friends and family!
If you have any dresses or need to contact me,
A very big thank you to owner of company, Organize Detroit Andrea Wolf, who donated enough dresses to give us a good start to the season, a total of 60+ dresses so far! Check out www.reWEARable.net to learn how to donate and better the lives of the less fortunate girls of the Detroit Area. Any questions - you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting the school year off on the right foot! We have been collecting a few dresses from after the prom season last year and already have around 20 dresses! This weekend is homecoming for high schoolers so hopefully after that we can collect another great round from Groves High School and Berkley! Thanks for the support!