BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters) and Britepaths hosted a community event enabling women to “shop” for bras and underwear for themselves and their children. Britepaths provides local, low-income residents with emergency assistance, food, financial-literacy programs, workforce skills, and one-on-one mentoring while BRAWS is a Fairfax-based nonprofit that provides women and girls living in shelters with new, personally fitted undergarments and menstrual supplies.
According to www.connectionnewspapers.com, “BRAWS board member Ilene Trachtenberg brought about a dozen volunteers who assisted with the fittings. “I’m very happy that Britepaths is hosting this today,” she said. “There are beautiful bras and nice underwear, and it’s wonderful to help these women with their self-esteem.” And, added Britepaths Programs Director Chris Garris, “One of the women has a job interview tomorrow, so she was excited to get a new bra.” Each woman left with two new bras and a package of underwear, plus children’s underwear. And Britepaths Workforce-Development Manager Jill Beres noted that “BRAWS also provides us with free sanitary napkins and tampons for our clients, monthly, and does the same thing for Fairfax County Public Schools.”
As per www.connectionnewspapers.com, “Meanwhile, Mary Kay Cosmetics volunteers did free makeovers and gave away products, and children enjoyed snacks and activities. Britepaths also offered information about workforce-development and resources for those looking for a new or better job. And a speaker shared her own, powerful experiences and advice about “Turning Your Mess into Your Message.”