Thank You Ursinus Resident Advisors for spending MLK Day serving others and making a difference!!
Pictured; like Tompkins, assistant director of residence life at Ursinus College, and his RA team, who tackled the chore of cleaning out, organizing, and refilling the pantry at The House, and for their donations of food and toiletries. We are most grateful for their service.
Join us at Sedona Taphouse on Bridge Street in Phoenixville this month to support Phoenixville Women’s Outreach through their fantastic program – Dine out for Charity.
Here’s the Deal: Every Monday in January, you can get the 8oz. Black Angus Flat Iron Steak with garlic whipped potatoes for only $8 (normally $17.99) or Grilled Salmon for only $10 (normally $19.99) with choice of side and topping and Sedona will donate $1 from each plate sold to support our non-profit. More details on their menu, happy hour specials, and other fantastic deals can be found on their website. This deal is during both lunch and dinner; you must dine in and order a beverage as well.
We hope to see you there every Monday in January to eat a delicious meal while supporting Phoenixville Women’s Outreach!
*Big thanks to Board Secretary, Karen Dobson, for putting together this beautiful newsletter showcasing the work of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.*
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Painting for a Purpose event on February 24th. This was the second year we had this type of fundraiser and the feedback is unanimous – we will turn this into an annual event! Although it was originally scheduled for a weekend that snow was predicted, the new date still gathered 47 people together for fun, fellowship and fundraising!
We painted a beautiful canvas with a calming message – Just Breathe. This is useful for us all to remember during busy times and especially in the depth of winter when darkness seems never-ending. The staff and Board members of the House provided refreshments for all as well as numerous raffle baskets. Thank you to John and Brook at Pinot’s Palette in Collegeville for a fun time together, painting for a purpose!
Since many people asked for it, here is the Avacado Corn Salsa recipe:
2 avacados for every 1 jar of Trader Joe’s tomato-less corn salsa – enjoy!
Shoppers who purchase this 25% off Shopping Pass from us for just $5 are supporting our program directly since all proceeds from the pass sales go to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach. Shoppers can use the 25% coupon at any Boscov’s location on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The shopping pass also serves as a raffle ticket. When shopping, just drop your ticket stub in to win. Each Boscov’s store will pick one winner to receive a $100 shopping spree. Additionally, 3 lucky winners will win a $500 shopping spree!
On Thursday, May 10th, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach welcomed current and future volunteers to the Kimberton Conference Center for a celebration of the volunteers who give their time to support The House. The volunteer appreciation event included a presentation by keynote speaker Lizette Epps, founder of Breadth of Hope which offers speaking, writing, and consulting services geared towards engaging the community and improving lives.
Lizette’s passion for community involvement and women’s and children’s initiatives is clear. “In addition to chairing the Latina Initiatives Committee and serving as a member of the Women2Women Council, she mentors women in the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program as well as in the community at large.”
She learned about The House at the YWCA Tribute to Exceptional Women where Cheryl Messere, Executive Director of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach was also in attendance. “When Cheryl told me about what she and the staff at Phoenixville Women’s Outreach were doing for women in Phoenixville, I immediately wanted to know more,” said Liz. “Women helping other women and equipping them to be strong and productive in their lives is important to me.” She shares:
My passion for women’s initiatives has grown since I was a young girl. The hardships I experienced throughout my life opened my eyes to the fact that other women were experiencing similar, if not, worse issues. I know first-hand that it’s hard to find your confidence when you run into tough times and it feels like the world is against you. For me, it’s important to help other women find their confidence, happiness, and attain the success that they are after to fulfill their lives. There are no limits to the things women can achieve when we work together to help one another.
Lizette’s story is truly empowering and her skilled delivery left everyone in attendance full of hope that any challenge can be overcome by strength, perseverance, and support of volunteers dedicated to helping those in need. “I have been on both ends of the volunteer spectrum, as someone who has needed the help of volunteers to get through difficult times in my life and now many years later being in a position where I can give of myself to help others.”
Phoenixville Women’s Outreach and The House rely on the support of volunteers as they work to help homeless and low-income women break the cycle of poverty and dependence and move towards self-sufficiency, independence, and success.
“Getting involved is essential to strengthening the fabric of our society,” says Liz. “For those who may be on the fence about getting involved, it’s important to realize that we all have the power to make a positive impact in the life of another person.”
Opportunities for involvement are always available. Whether you’re interested in working directly with residents of The House or with staff as they aim to help even more women, your support makes a difference.