Our Annual Open House is an opportunity to invite our constituents, partners, friends and family to visit us, learn more about us and what we do.
This year we unveiled our 'Design on a Dime' activities; wherein our house was frugally refreshed with a focus on:
1. Inspiring sober living & continuous recovery!
2. Being creative!
3. Reusing - Repurposing -Recycling!
In this way we support our vision, wherein "we envision a world in which every woman embraces her unique value and potential for a spirit-filled life of love, dignity and purpose."
Pictured on the left, our Founder and Executive Director, Royce Adams, in the kitchen bistro she refreshed.
On the right, our Board President, Emily Newsome, in the room she rechristened 'Peaceful Shores'.
The wall art of the seashore at dawn is a reminder that every new day brings possibilities. We have the choice to approach each day with an attitude of gratitude. The image of the water, lapping at the edge of the shore is a reminder that life continues. Peach and blue are the dominant colors in the piece. Peach stands for immortality or eternal life. Blue promotes peace and tranquility, reducing stress, and promoting calmness.
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] – John14:27 (Amplified)
The 'Butterfly Room' designed by Board VP, Donna Randle, and her friend Terri Lawrence.
"Determined to get it done cost effectively, I contacted Terri since she coordinates events and decorates for the joy of it. And it kicked off from there; she sent out emails to a few women in our circle.
From these ladies we received over 50% of what we needed. The only purchased items was the bedding purchased from Big Lot, some of the pictures from Dollar Tree and the door organizer from At Homes.
Donated from our friends were the throw pillows, clock and table items, which were redecorated with finishing decorative touches added by Terri Lawrence. This room was transformed from warm and cozy to sizzling and chic and class."
Butterfly: the metamorphosis of the caterpillar; the person she was when she arrived at MSC) to the butterfly...the beautiful person she can/will/has become upon completion of the program!
Board Member, Theresa Braddy, presents the refreshed 'Ladies Room'.
Theresa's inspiration: "We all have characteristic of a woman, a lady, and a female. A woman brings strength. A lady brings class. A female defines the fire inside. You will find that this room is inspired by all these elements. As you take in the essence of this, allow yourself to express your strength, class, and the fire inside... DARLING!"
Theresa's Design Tips:
•Wall decoration for inspiration to promote strength.
(Inspiration for continuous recovery!)
•Comforters to bring fire in the room with a playful leopard pattern.
•Night stand & shelf, refreshed with new color, to bring the class.
(Reused - Repurposed -Recycled!)
Board Member, Phyllis Thompson, showcasing her Be Inspired Room'.
Phyllis' inspiration stemmed from the 3 C's in Life:
CHOICES, CHANCES, CHANGES
"You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE
or your life will never CHANGE!!!!"
A self professed "non-decorated", Phyllis dressed this room is with soothing colors for the season while matching her vibrant personality.
Decor pieces were refreshed with spray paint. A simple sponging technique was used to accent a tabletop and compliment existing pieces. Around a mirror, small accent mirrors add to the fun nature of the room.
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year's Design on a Dime!
While not re-designed, our Serenity Cafe remains an important room where
Chef Billy ensures our special order fruit kabobs inspire us to eat healthy.
Many, many thanks to our Board, Staff, Friends and Family for joining us in celebration and laughter!
Respect My Shoes! Do Women Need an Attitude Adjustment?
Presented byTheresa Braddy with Boutique Talk Counseling
This workshop will address women’s attitudes in America and how it affect social interactions. By exploring how women’s emotions, personality, and psychological attributes affect social interactions. We will answer the question, “Are women powerless, empowered or power tripping.” Participants will be able to explore their dominant personality and how it translates to the world around them. As well as understanding how their personality affects their personal relationships, professional relationships, and how one’s behaviors can be interpreted.
This will be a 2 part workshop. The first session will give an overview and focus on personality traits. The second session will address self-regulation, psychological intelligence, as well as a women’s presentation.
Intended audience: Women
Presenter Biographies:Theresa Braddy currently works for Utilization Management for Humana Inc. As well as the founder and lead therapist for Boutique Talk Counseling PLLC. Boutique Talk Counseling is a telephone and video chat counseling service for women on the go.
In the past Ms. Braddy’s passion for diversity lead her to The University of North Texas in the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity, as their Senior Diversity Specialist. In this position, she facilitates sensitivity trainings and programs related to multicultural issues. Ms. Braddy focuses on six domains including race/ethnicity, gender, sex orientation, disability, veterans, and generational management.
Prior to Ms. Braddy moving to Texas she has worked in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Ms. Braddy has 18 years in counseling,10 years of training, 18 years in mental health case management,7 years supervision, and 8 years as a foster parent.
Ms. Braddy received a Bachelor degree from the University of Cincinnati and Bowling Green State University awarded her a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Ms. Braddy’s passion has been with women’s issues. Address such issues as balancing life, sexuality, and adolescent adjustment. She also started a company in Toledo Ohio called Sistergirlfriend LLC, that addressed women’s issues in a group setting.
From a clinical perspective Ms. Braddy operates from a cognitive therapy and behavior management when addressing depression, sexuality, and trauma issues.
Ms. Braddy is a motivated and committed to the healing process.
“A Foot in the Door” Work Readiness workshop is an 8-week program designed to empower participants to present themselves in the best possible light to potential employers. Participants create their own master applications, learn how to develop custom resumes and cover letters and practice interview skills, as well as set the stage to develop career paths for the future. The course also discusses ethics, and specifically how people in recovery can successfully address sensitive issues surrounding work history to achieve their employment goals.
Participants who successfully complete this workshop will be able to identify their transferable hard and soft skills, develop job-specific resumes and cover letters, complete job applications, understand the interview process and have a grasp of job retention skills.