Helping women turn it around

April 21, 2009 3:20:50 PM PDT
Charities are suffering from a bad combination during the recession. There are more people in need, but fewer people able to help.One organization that helps women is really feeling the pinch.

Every night, Women In Need provides shelter for 2,500 people. It caters to women and their children, and it's one of many programs feeling strained by the economy. It's also a program that changes lives. Two women prove it.

A little pinning here, shortening there, and the look is complete.

Nessa is getting ready to be honored next week for getting her life on track with the help of the non-profit Women In Need.

"We're here to catch people wherever they may have fallen," Bonnie Stone said.

Stone heads up the program, which has been around for 26 years. It has transitional shelters, facilities for kids and lots of counseling and support groups. The women coming through have faced challenges such as substance abuse and domestic violence. Those are two things Irene has faced in her life. But now she's clean and in college, and she, like Nessa, is being honored by the program that helped her.

And as a finishing touch, both were fitted in Ellen Tracy clothes.

Irene will be wearing it to the upcoming fundraiser, and to her first job interview. As for Nessa, she's finally feeling recognized.

And Ellen Tracy president Mark Mendelson is happy to make it happen.

The women will get to keep the clothes and several other items. If you're interesting in helping Women In Need, or if you know someone who can benefit from the program, visit http://www.women-in-need.org/.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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