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Oct 12

A SISTA Speaks Out

Posted by in women , Woman Act Now , SISTA , Second Chance-Last Opportunity , second , sclo , program , Orlando , foundation , conference , community , chance

I joined the SISTA program last year, not knowing that it would become the foundation of me learning to be the strong woman I always wanted to be.  I found myself being over excited to see what we would be doing in class each week.  And as time progressed I became able to say that some of my most memorable, life changing moments were brought on during my most appreciated experience at SCLO!


Through Second Chance, we were able to attend a Woman Act Now Women’s Conference in Orlando that bonded all the young ladies that had a chance to go.  It also gave us our ‘voices’; we all took something special away from that powerful experience.  It reinforced much of what we had been learning in the SISTA Program.


I think I speak for all the participants of the SISTA Program when I say that the skills, encouragement, wisdom and love we received from Second Chance helped us to apply all the things that we learned in SISTA to our daily lives.  I consider myself blessed to have been able to enjoy the SISTA Program and SCLO as a whole because all the women I encountered encouraged me to be the best ‘me’ that I can be.  On behalf of the women in my community that SCLO has blessed and to all those supporters who made it possible for the women to participate in the SCLO programs, I thank you for changing our lives.



Apr 30

A New Donor's Perspective

Posted by in volunteers , sclo , personal hygiene , Lakewood Ranch , Ellenton , donations , diapers

Dear SCLO,

I wanted to tell you how emotional it was for me when I dropped toys and kids’ clothes off at your office today.  A woman there asked to hug me and I was just so touched and overwhelmed by the true thanks she felt toward me, I found myself driving back up to Ellenton in tears..but happy tears.

I'd had a terrible week and a book I read recently said if you are feeling sad, go do something for someone else and that will lift you up. And I'm here to say it truly did.

Now that I know right where you are I won't be needing the drop off location in Lakewood Ranch anymore.  I didn't know earlier that you needed diapers and personal hygiene items for your clients. So now I'm pledging to you that at least once a month I will be coming down with donations for SCLO.

 Thank you for helping me to be a better person.

This is an email received from a donor who visited our office for the first time this week.  It was so nice for the staff and volunteers to receive this feedback (as well as the donations of course).  We felt that her comments are a gift to us.

Oct 21

Honoring Remarkable Women in Remarkable Ways

Posted by in sclo , Renaissance on 9th , Jewels of Distinction , Inc. , Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , Bradenton Alumnae Chapter , April Glasco

April Glasco is thrilled to be one of the women who is being honored by the Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at their 2010 'Jewels of Distinction' Luncheon on Saturday, October 23rd.  The event takes place at 11:30am at 'Renaissance on 9th', 1816 9th Street West in Bradenton and tickets are still available if you would like to support the sorority, April, and the work of SCLO.

They said that April's "work in our community has not gone unnoticed and we greatly appreciate the service, commitment and dedication that has been provided over the years".

What a wonderful honor.