The Adorned in Grace Design Studio has held a number of special events throughout the past year that have attracted over 50 girls. But the team is especially excited that in September, the Studio began weekly after-school workshops and also held its first monthly all day Saturday workshop.
As we squeeze into the temporary training room that is home to hundreds of dresses, piles of fabric, 9 sewing machines, endless notions and of course, girls, we are delighted that we can meet regularly even while we wait for completion of the Design Studio.
One precious guest who has attended all of our first six weekly workshops is a 13-year old from the neighborhood who has been in the foster care system for 6 years. Her foster mother said she has an extremely low (59) IQ. To our creative artists, it seems as though our young friend just wants and needs something she cares enough about to invest herself in. She loves, loves, loves designing!
Two lovely young women from Napal visited the workshop last week and said they "just need something to do". They aren't in school and haven't been able to find jobs but they would love to learn how to sew. Two other girls who attend a nearby alternative high school stopped by on a Monday afternoon to see what we are up to. Compassion Connect Executive Director, Milan Homola, gave them a tour of the training room and invited them back to the workshops. We are eager to establish a relationship with each one and encouragement them as they navigate life.
Thank you all for remembering the designers, mentors, snack providers and prayer warriors who have been so faithful to stick with this work. Plans for the next Adopt-a-Dress contest as well as a Dress for FREEdom event are also underway!
While progress on City permitting to continue construction on the training center has had its challenges, just today we met with a commercial architect who is willing to take on this project! This is a huge step forward in providing a comfortable and safe place for girls to dream big and become advocates in the fight against trafficking rather than victims.
Thank you for helping Adorned in Grace connect with and serve these lovely young ladies!
Linda and the Team
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