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My Girlfriend’s House Pulls Together Group of Mentees and Volunteers to Renovate DC Homeless Shelter
My Girlfriend’s House, a Prince George’s County nonprofit that supports women living in homelessness and low income communities, will renovate 27 rooms for women living in a DC homeless shelter.
In its third year, the Shelter Room Makeover Party offers an opportunity for My Girlfriend’s House, their mentees and its community supporters to visit local shelters and perform the ultimate room renovation, equipped with new furniture, fresh paint jobs, and beautiful home décor. This time the Prince George’s County nonprofit will enlist the help of various community groups and volunteers to renovate a three level shelter that houses 15 residents in Rachel’s Women Center, a Washington, DC homeless shelter for women.
The 3-floor facility features six bathrooms, six kitchens, three reading areas and three living room/dining room areas, along with 15 occupant bedrooms. My Girlfriend’s House is tasked with renovating each room and giving them a fresh, clean and beautiful look for the women residents. “I always have such a good time when we host these makeover parties”, 15 year old Tylisha Blackwell, a mentee of MGH’s mentoring program exclaimed. “The looks on the women’s faces are always so priceless. I’m happy that we can come to their home and in just 3 hours, make so much of an impact.”
The enthusiasm and appreciation is shared amongst the residents and staff of Rachel’s Women Center. “Something this huge is such a blessing to our shelter and the women who live here,” Executive Director Dawn Swan of Rachel’s Women Center shared. “These women experience so many trials in their lives that it’s refreshing for them to receive a labor of love from complete strangers.”
The outreach is one of many under My Girlfriend’s House’s Homeless Outreach Program. The goal of the program is to encourage positivity and empowerment to women in the community who need additional support. My Girlfriend’s House Executive Director, Veronica Eyenga says it’s her pleasure and duty to give back to the community. “I love to see women empower each other and I love to see a community of women of all ages and backgrounds come together to serve and uplift another woman.”
About My Girlfriend’s House
My Girlfriends House, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with at-risk middle and high school girls in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The group’s mission is to empower young girls living in poverty to break the cycle and maintain a positive understanding of self-worth, confidence, and professional advancement. This is accomplished through group mentoring, life skills training, and career and academic planning. For more information and to support this and other efforts of My Girlfriend’s House please visit us at http://www.mygirlfriendshouse.org.
About Rachel’s Women Center
Rachel’s Women Center is a place of hospitality and hope for women who are homeless. Their mission is to provide homeless and formerly homeless women with opportunities to develop their independence, sense of self and hope by providing safety, shelter, food, showers and laundry in a nurturing, homelike environment and helping women to reach their potential through intensive case management and programs that empower them to take control of their lives and advocate for themselves.
Rachael's also reaches out to individuals living on the streets, enabling and encouraging them to access services and benefits available to people who are homeless. .
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