More than 5900 homeless students attend Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools. Like their peers, they want to hang out with friends, participate in extracurricular activities, and attend school functions such as prom. Unfortunately, many of these students can’t attend prom because they lack the financial resources to purchase a dress and shoes.
Carla’s Closet, a program of This Woman’s Work, hosted a Prom Dress Drive on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at The Gite Gallery.
Wanda Adams, Trustee District IX was the catalyst for the Drive and has worked with TWW and Carla’s Closet on other drives such as Coats for Kids which provided 80 coats to students in need at two HISD elementary campuses.
“Project Prom is an annual initiative created to meet the needs of homeless students during the prom season,” says Adam. “They work in collaboration with various agencies to provide free prom dresses, tuxedo and shoe rentals, and accessories to hundreds of homeless and at-risk high school seniors planning to attend their prom.”
The goal for the drive was 100 dresses. Thanks to the generosity of Houstonians, over 300 dresses were donated in addition to shoes, accessories, handbags, jewelry and gift cards.
“We believe in doing what we can to improve the lives of women and young girls,” says Carla Lane, founder of This Woman’s Work. “This drive exceeded our wildest expectations.”
Photos by Keith Cornelius