The Dressing Room seeks to offer hope and clothing to those directly impacted
NEWARK, NJ (November 6, 2015) – The Dressing Room—a newly formed 501c3 non-profit organization—officially launches on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 3 p.m., at the Campus Center of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Room 355, 150 Bleeker Street, University Heights, in Newark. The mission of the organization is to empower former victims of domestic violence, and extend the dialogue beyond Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The Dressing Room seeks to support women re-entering the workforce after coping with domestic violence with workshops that include resume writing, financial planning, strengthening interviewing skills, and work etiquette. After completing all of the workshops, participants will be given a week’s worth of business attire—the inspiration for the name “The Dressing Room”—to start them on their journey back into the workforce.
Kakila Hunter, a long-time educator in the City of Newark, was inspired to start the organization after her very own personal experience with domestic violence. “Domestic violence has no color, and it doesn’t care how many degrees you have or how smart you are,” says Hunter. “It’s a horrible situation that some find themselves in with nowhere to turn.” Hunter says through her thirteen year turmoil—raising her daughters and trying to keep a smile on her face—she became depressed, withdrawn, and an emotional eater, outgrowing all of her clothes for work. It wasn’t until her mother said that she would take her on a shopping spree to lift her spirits that the light bulb went off and the idea for The Dressing Room started to take shape.
Hunter’s vision for The Dressing Room is to instill positive self-image, help women become more independent, and create partnerships with funders, community organizations, and supporters—all while preparing former domestic violence victims to re-enter the workforce and rebuild their lives. “Whether it be physical, verbal, or extreme emotional abuse, no one should have to experience hurt like that at the hands of another—albeit husband, boyfriend, or whomever,” Hunter continued.
Sunday’s launch event is free and open to all. There will be refreshments, entertainment, and much needed information shared at the event. Attendees must register by visiting www.thedressingroom.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For sponsorship information, please call (973) 932-0223.