Widener Law students helping homeless women “dress for success”
Public Relations - Published: October 22, 2010
BLSADressForSuccess400pxHomeless women who are working to rebuild their lives will get a boost of support from a group of Widener Law students who are planning a fun fall afternoon for them at a local shelter.

The students will put on a luncheon and fashion show for the women of Mary Mother of Hope I house in Wilmington on Saturday, Oct. 23. The event, presented by the Black Law Students Association with assistance from the Public Interest Law Alliance, will benefit more than 20 women.

The students will be serving food they have made themselves and also solicited through restaurant donations, and they will be modeling “do-and-don’t” outfits. They intend to share helpful fashion tips that could benefit the women as they look to build self-sufficient lives in the work world.

A makeup demonstration will follow the fashion show.

The students have been collecting donated casual and business attire, shoes, unused cosmetics and gift cards that they will give to the women at the close of the event.

BLSA Vice President Brandi Everett is spearheading the program. Everett and BLSA President Asmahan Akam said the group is grateful for support it has received from the Career Development Office and its Assistant Dean LeaNora Ruffin, and from Debra Berry in the Office of Student Affairs.

“BLSA is truly excited to be able to present the women at Mary Mother of Hope House with a program that will provide them with an entertaining afternoon while equipping them with the clothes and skills necessary to enter the workforce with dignity and confidence,” Everett said.