Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hundreds of People Transformed in a Single Day

This Sunday, Regina Gormanly, Client Success Coordinator at Escoe Bliss spent her day as a volunteer at the Men's Day of Self Esteem organized by Working Wardrobes for a New Start.

Working Wardrobes is a cause that is very near and dear to the Escoe Bliss mission and values. We host our Spring and Fall Suit Drives every year in an effort to continue to support Working Wardrobes in all that they do for the Southern California community. The gift that Regina brought back from her day of service was the confirmation of all the lives that are effected and enriched by our efforts and the kindness of all those who give to our suit drives.

ONE day ---- HUNDREDS of lives
  • 6AM: The volunteers arrive. They register as individuals who are ready to sacrifice a piece of their weekend.
  • 8AM: 199 men in crisis arrive. The men aren't sure exactly what they should expect, but after 6 weeks of success coaching, they are eager to see the culmination of all of their efforts.
  • 8:30AM - 1:30PM: 300+ volunteers assist with organization, registration, food services, set-up, tear down, personal shopping, valet service, hair styling, nail services, massage services, success coaching, photography and technical support. All of these seperate elements pull together into one, successful, and inspiring event!
  • 2:30PM: The afternoon draws to a close, the volunteers sit down (for which their feet are extremely grateful) to watch the finale fashion show where they will get to see the transformation of all the men they assisted that day. The fashion show is followed by heart-felt words of gratitude from a sample of the gentlemen. One says very simply, "When I came here this morning I was greeted with a smile and I knew today was going to be different. I have hope now."
  • 4PM: The volunteers depart. They return back to their daily lives as members of community who had just gained experiences that would enrich them for a lifetime.

Thank you Working Wardrobes for all you do in the community! If you would like to learn more about how you can become part of their empowering mission, check out their website @ http://www.workingwardrobes.org/

We look forward to uniting together again for this great cause next Spring! Stay tuned to Blogging with Bliss!

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing to hear about the lives of people being changed in such a positive direction : )