Twenty years in the past, Working Picture staged its first trend present of donated garments, to point out outfits had been out there to ladies in want, in the event that they had been on the hunt for employment.
This 12 months, the group celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding and that trend present in 1999, with a brand new trend present designed to show the vary of its in-store apparel past work garments. It would function one mannequin who’s now a profession girl thanks, partly, to garments offered by the fledgling charity.
Because the group has aged, it has broadened its definition of obligatory garments for working ladies.
“A part of it’s that no one is aware of how particularly to outline ‘work garments’ anymore,” stated Martha Olbrych, a member of the re-named New Picture’s all-volunteer crew. “We’ll have eight fashions sporting 16 outfits donated to our boutique to symbolize the range of what we’ve got in inventory, from clothes for grocery purchasing, elevating youngsters and attending faculty, to outfits for ladies’ nights out and date nights. We even have scrubs and maternity garments.”
There’s been a hiatus within the annual trend present these previous few years, and Olbrych famous that the group has centered by itself reorganization throughout that point, from increasing its line to cowl ladies’s non-work-related clothes wants, to restructuring its operations to run on an all-volunteer workers, because it shifted from Working Picture to New Picture.
And whereas Olbrych can’t recall the attendance numbers of the earlier trend exhibits, she goals to attract at the very least 250 attendees to the Oct. 11 present, going down 4-7 p.m. on the Elks Lodge in Port Townsend, with the Key Metropolis Jazz Trio offering reside music, and hors d’oeuvres to enhance the money bar.
“All of the volunteers might be sporting black to toast our 20 years,” Olbrych stated.
The mission endures. “We obtain referrals by charity companies, church buildings and even word-of-mouth, and we consider them on a case-by-case foundation, but when a lady is available in who wants garments, we don’t flip her away. From divorce to sickness to shedding your job, there are all types of the explanation why ladies may want new garments and be struggling to get them, which is the place the generosity of our neighborhood is available in.”
Olbrych would welcome extra referrals, in addition to more cash to cowl administrative and clerical bills, starting from paperwork provides to telephone and web connections.
For Christie Apker, this 12 months’s trend present represents an opportunity to take inventory of her progress.
Apker modeled in one of many first trend exhibits of New Picture (then Working Picture) again when she was a consumer.
“I used to be 21 years previous, a single mom elevating two youngsters,” Apker stated. “I used to be reentering the workforce, and I wanted outfits for job interviews.”
Apker credited the 2 founders of New Picture, Ruth Merryman and Ann Schneider, with offering not solely working apparel, but additionally mentorship and ethical assist.
Since then, Apker has labored for the state Division of Corrections for 15 years as a neighborhood corrections officer, raised her two kids to maturity, constructed her own residence and deployed to Iraq twice as a part of the Military Nationwide Guard.
“I’ve additionally fought wildland fires for the state, and I’m presently on the native search and rescue staff,” Apker stated. “And New Picture completely opened these doorways. With out them, I’d not be the place I’m or who I’m. They’re all about ladies serving to ladies.”
You should buy $25 tickets to New Picture’s “Toast to 20” trend present, and go to their retailer within the Mountain View complicated at 1925 Blaine St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
New Picture serves greater than 100 shoppers a 12 months at that location.
For extra info, go to newimagept.org.