Seasons of Hope reaching out to low-income families ready to move up; YWCA collecting donations for prom dress project

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 30, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Seasons of Hope is looking for low-income parents interested in improving their prospects.

Open enrollment for the nonprofit organization’s year-round HOPE Family program will be conducted at the conclusion of the program’s next monthly meeting set for 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Summit Leadership Foundation office at 3104 Hanover Road, Johnson City.

Interested families are invited to attend the meeting and sign up afterward. The speaker will be Amanda Olson, “Master Mom” at Olson Martial Arts Academy. Door prizes, including a $50 gas gift card, will be awarded and each person in attendance will receive a special gift.

In addition to monthly classes geared to help a family become more financially independent, the HOPE Family program offers participants one-on-one mentoring, incentives for reaching individualized life goals and inclusion in all of Seasons of Hope’s specialized programs and resources.

The program is limited to 20 parents. In order to qualify, parents must be looking to better their life, willing to meet once a month with the program director and mentor, willing to go to work or college if not already employed or in school, willing to give back to the community, willing to learn and willing to take part in other opportunities to better their situation. Attendance at monthly HOPE Family classes is required.

To register for the Feb. 16 class, email Seasons of Hope Executive Director Katy Keen at [email protected] For more information about Seasons of Hope visit seasonsofhopetn.com or check out Seasons of Hope Inc. on Facebook.

The Junior Board of the YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is collecting ballgowns and accessories for their annual $25 prom dress sale for area girls challenged by the cost of high school’s most glamorous night.

Formal dresses and accessories tucked away for safekeeping may be donated to the board’s “Share Your Sparkle” drive for sale in YWCA’s annual Prom Dress Project.

The premise of the project is that “every girl should have the opportunity to wear a beautiful dress with accessories” for one of high school’s most special events.

Open to all area high school girls, this year’s prom dress sale will be held from 3-6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 5-6, and from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the YWCA at 106 State St, Bristol. The sale features hundreds of previously worn gowns with accessories at the deeply discounted price of $25 each. Prom Dress Project scholarships are also available to any girl in need of assistance.

Tammy Alls, YWCA director of mission advancement, encouraged all young women and teen girls with gowns that can be recycled to pay it forward in the grandest of styles to “help our young ladies across the region have a wonderful prom experience.”

All contributions of gently used gowns and accessories such as jewelry, clutches and formal shoes are “immensely appreciated and will make a difference,” Alls said.

The Junior Board will host a drop-in social for anyone who wishes to drop off donations or learn more about the Prom Dress Project from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Cascade Draft House, 828 State St., Bristol.

For more information about the Prom Dress Project or how to donate, call the YWCA at 423-968-9444 or email [email protected]

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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