What began as collecting clothes from friends and family to give away to young women in need , grew to become a real building that has an inviting and whimsical fashion house decor .
Taylor’s Closet is where at-risk girls in South Florida (around 32,000) , can take part in the Reveal Shopping Program . Since the progran began , up to a million dollars of clothing has been given away in a boutique-like setting.
Participants in the program are able through a wonderful network of mentoring partake in sewing , cooking , and art classes. The “Awaken ” Mentoring Program gives Life Skills Training which helps empower the older girls who utilize it. This type of practical and creative instruction “awakens” the buried dreams inside the hearts and minds of those attending the classes . It also offers spiritual comfort and emotional support.
An off-shoot or “branch” if you well , of Taylor’s Closet is the Linden Tree. The Linden Tree takes donations of furniture , accessories , lighting , and hardware , and re-purposes them into art pieces that are colorful , unique , and so on top of today’s design trends. The reinvented furniture pieces are all throughout Taylor’s Closet , and are for sale at reasonable prices for such fabulous finds. They are also Eco Friendly , as the artists strive to use Green materials and products in the transformation process.
Taylor’s Closet and the Linden Tree are both about Transformation. They can change an unwanted piece of furniture into a keepsake , and help a young woman who has lost hope find a new and brighter direction in life.
I came across Taylor’s Closet through Fern Gonzalez , an Interior Design student at Palm Beach State College.
As President Elect for the Florida South Chapter of ASID , I have visited the Colleges in my part of Florida that have Interior Design programs . I talk about ASID , Interior Design , and also hope to inspire someone listening to move forth with a greater life purpose. I have rarely come across someone like Fern , who turned the tables , and motivates me . Fern is one of the small staff of caring people who give their time , energy , and creative spirit to Taylor’s Closet and the Linden Tree. She is pictured here with me along with the Director Linda Giambattista (Lindsay and Taylor’s mother).
I encourage all of you to visit www.taylorscloset.org and www.lindentreeliving.com . The phone number is 954-531-4584 , and the address is 200 NE 2nd Street , Pompano Beach , Florida 33060. By appointment.
.Please support this wonderful organization by sponsoring a young woman in need , or through your donations of furniture. Better yet buy a re-purposed piece and give yourself a treasure.
Make a difference , in your life as well as someone else’s. We give so that we may receive our own spiritual growth.
It is Friday , do you feel the need to re-purpose yourself or something else into a new life direction? Will you open that cocoon and find the butterfly within? May your weekend have wings.
Peggy Oberlin RID 4986