Sunday, October 23, 2016

Nov. 3 - Little Black Dress Fashion Show and Boutique in Merrillville, IN


Attention Northwest Indiana! 

Grab your friends, mark your calendars and JOIN US at the LBD Fashion Show!

Don't miss out on a fabulous fashion show, and of course the shopping in the on-site boutique.  THE SHOPPING!  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Overcoming Hearing Loss - Annette's Success Story

Goodwill Industries of Michiana assists those with barriers to employment. You’ve all heard that statement a million times. The truth is we are all one “thing," one “tragedy” away from having a barrier in our lives that seems to make gainful employment impossible. Those road-blocks might be incarceration, job training or a disability. This month's Goodwill Success Story Spotlight tells that story in a powerful way.

Being born with Bilateral Hearing Loss forced Annette to face many challenges. One of those challenges was gaining employment. Although she has always been a hard worker with a stable work history, she had a hard time finding full time employment that allowed her to utilize her skills in customer service.  She was also looking for a schedule that allowed her to care for her two young children with potential for advancement and benefits to support her family.

 In July of 2013, Annette came to Goodwill Industries of Michiana through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Her goals were simple: a full time job with benefits. With the assistance of her Case Manager, Mary Ellen, and her Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Robert, a plan was developed to help her achieve her goals.

Weekly appointments with Elizabeth, her Employment Specialist, helped Annette begin to learn new skills and new ways to apply those things she had learned in previous jobs. She perfected her resume, enhanced her job interview skills and attended job fairs. During this time, her employment specialist suggested a job opportunity working with the South Bend School Corporation as a teacher’s assistant. This opportunity seemed to fit all of the things Annette dreamed of in her perfect job scenario.

Annette was granted an interview. While waiting to interview with human resources, she was stopped by a former teacher who had assisted her during school with sign language services. This teacher had thought so highly of Annette, she suggested that Annette apply for an opening in the Special Education Department as an Educational Interpreter. Annette was soon hired at a primary school as an Educational Interpreter.

Annette continues to work with The South Bend Community School Corporation. She has overcome many challenges in her life and is an inspiration to her family and to other children born with the same challenges she has faced.

 Congratulations, Annette! You have worked so hard for everything you have achieved, and are a powerful role model to so many. We can’t wait to see where your career takes you!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Models Wanted for Little Black Dress Fashion Show!

I can't believe it is that time of year again!  I'm gearing up to head out on the road searching for the next amazing group of ladies that will grace the runway at the 2016 Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Merrillville, IN!

I know many of you have been anxious to know when the open calls will be held, so without further adieu - here is the info!

Hope to see YOU there!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique Warsaw...behind the scenes


Hi Everyone! 

Maxin and I have been busy pulling outfits and styling looks for the 20 models you'll see on the runway at the Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Warsaw on Thursday, September 22.

We thought we'd give you a sneak peek into the behind the scenes of the show. We like to call this our 'managed chaos'!  We've pulled together 60 looks for this year's event. On the runway, be sure to look for that 70's-80's influence in the trends. Also take note of the "pumpkin spice" and "bodacious" colors in the outfits.

This is going to be an amazing event that not only supports Goodwill Industries of Michiana, but also the arts through Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts.  Can't wait to see YOU at the show, and show you how all this chaos becomes an amazingly styled event!

See you soon!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ambush Style Makeover - Sally

There seems to be a lot of buzz these days about this thing called a 'Capsule Wardrobe'. Apparently it is supposed to make your life infinitely easier. For those of you who have tried to implement this tactic into your wardrobe, you'll agree it can cause more stress than ease!  

What is a Capsule Wardrobe? This is simply a method of building a wardrobe. Using the right color palate (where everything goes together), a specific number of pieces are added to create limitless looks. Ideally, a 'Capsule Wardrobe" will have fewer number of clothes, with great number of outfits. 
When our fashion team met Sally, this was her dilemma. She wondered how to create a Capsule Wardrobe and never again worry about what to wear.  Check out this month's winner of the Goodwill Ambush Style Makeover!


Our Head Fashion Guru, Kathy Friend has written several blog posts on this topic you might find helpful.  

And HERE she talks about 10 pieces you need for a week long vacation. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique - Warsaw, IN

Join us on September 22 in Warsaw, IN
for the  


Goodwill Industries of Michiana has once again partnered with the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts to bring the Warsaw community a one-of-a-kind event.

Enjoy sips, snacks and a fashion show featuring some of your favorite community leaders. And, of course, don't miss the amazing finds in the LBD Boutique!

Can't wait to see YOU at the Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Warsaw!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Goodwill Success Story

For as long as we all can remember we’ve dreamed about what we would do “when we grew up”. This month’s Goodwill Success Story Spotlight has also been dreaming about this notion since she was a young girl. Her dreams were a little different than most of ours. She didn’t dream about being a nurse, teacher or actress; her dream seemed simple, to make the world a better place. This kind of a dream can lead someone down a very interesting path, as it did for Katie.

As unconventional as Katie’s path was, at 19 she decided to join the military. She left the South side of Chicago, her family and all she knew to be familiar. Her military career took her all over the world, and gave her experiences most only hear about in news reports. After an 8-year career, Katie’s dreams took another jog along her career path. She became an English teacher, and eventually a Disease Intervention Specialist for the state of Indiana.

Although these “jobs” were contributing to her dream of making the world a better place, she was feeling she hadn’t yet found that place where she belongs. Through her pursuits of finding that place she belongs - the proverbial path she was on took a dark turn.

In Katie’s words, “Perhaps my longing for fulfillment made me susceptible to suggestion. I was lost in the dark. I stumbled through the next few years suffering a greater loss with each tumble. I lost my spirit, my independence, my sanity, my family and, ultimately, my freedom.“ 

After a few short months of meeting a man who was disguised as a knight in shining armor, he convinced Katie her life was meaningless; that her family, children and society would be a better place if she was not a part of it. An unsuccessful suicide attempt took her back to a pseudo-life with this man that eventually ended with Katie outside of herself, looking in and seeing herself as someone with an addiction to meth.

Her addiction led to incarceration and again to questioning her life, her purpose and her dreams. In April of 2014, she was given a referral to Goodwill. She thought it was a referral for a job at a Goodwill store. She was unaware of the many programs Goodwill Industries of Michiana has to offer individuals just like her. Katie entered the 2nd Chance @ Work Program in September of 2014, and began working at the Mishawaka Community Career Center. A few months later, she became a facilitator for the Workforce Development Skills Training Program.

Katie’s Goodwill Case Manager, Omeria, was able to really listen to Katie’s story. She saw in her potential, her heart for wanting to make a difference, and her passion for bettering her life. According to Katie, “Sometimes you have to lose everything to find out what is really important. I feel I am where I belong right now. I am happy, and I have the good-will of Goodwill to thank for helping me get back on track.”

We are so proud of you, Katie...
you are fulfilling your dreams!
You are making an amazing difference in the world!