Meet Second Step Makeover Winner Charlene

§ September 29th, 2012 § Filed under Step Into Fashion § 1 Comment

On Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, Second Step Housing is having it’s second annual Step Into Fashion fundraiser. During the show, we will reveal makeovers for three of our clients,  all of whom hope their outward appearances will reflect the changes they’ve made on the inside.

In the first installment we profiled Jordan. Now, meet Charlene.

Prior to entering the Second Step family Charlene had spent six months in an in-patient treatment program, separated from her three boys, jobless, and essentially homeless.

Now, after a lot of hard work and through the help of case managers Valerie Norris and Karin LaValla and the assistance of our Transitional Housing and Family Self-Sufficiency programs she has a job, a home, and, more importantly, a sense of hope.

“Second Step Housing has changed not just my life, but the lives of my innocent children, who have their mother back. Thank you, to all who work there, and to all who support them who made my life in recovery possible.”

“As a result of the support I received from Second Step Housing, I am now living in my own apartment, just me and my 3 kids, for the first time,” she said. “I took advantage of the guidance offered to me through regular case management and completed some training that helped me to get the job I have now.”

Charlene applied for a Step into Fashion makeover to help reveal her transformation, which included becoming the Community Involvement and Education Program Assistant at the Vancouver Housing Authority and helping others travel the path to healing that she has taken.

“I am so self-conscious (usually in a negative way) about the way I look. I would love to look in that mirror every day, and feel pride in myself… and walk out my door with my head held high. I feel I would be empowered for success,” she said.

“Second Step Housing has changed not just my life, but the lives of my innocent children, who have their mother back. Thank you, to all who work there, and to all who support them who made my life in recovery possible.”

Purchase tickets to Step into Fashion here.

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One Response to “Meet Second Step Makeover Winner Charlene”

  • Christina Traxler says:

    Charlene, Congradulations!I can’t think of a more deserving person. So glad to see the changes in your life and over joyed of the reunion of your boys.

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