Women of the Merrimack Valley area gathered at Lowell Transitional Living Center on March 8th for a day of empowerment to celebrate International Women’s Day. The day was officially named Women Working Wonders Day in honor of their recent grant to support outreach to women experiencing homelessness and featured an entire day’s worth of workshops designed to restore dignity, strength, and hope.
The morning began with Financial Freedom hosted by Budget Buddies, followed by a tea party hosted by the Crose Nest where woman made scented sachets to keep in their purses. Lowell Community Health Center made a visit to discuss reproductive health and give women a closed forum to talk frankly and openly.
More tea was served at lunchtime, a delicious chai herbal infusion with rose petals. Four more workshops were held after lunch and attendance continued to be strong all throughout the day and guests were full of enthusiasm for their special day: Presenting Your Best Self: Professional Skills Workshop, hosted by Lisa Arnold; Botanical Facial Care, hosted by FIR&ELM; Springing Into Action: Goal Setting Workshop, hosted by Janelle Diaz; and Healing Hand & Foot Massages hosted by Herbalist, Amanda Noris. Volunteers from UMass Lowell stopped by to assist the workshop leaders throughout the day to take part in what was a touching, heartfelt success.
“It was amazing to have a day designed to have your needs put first. I’m grateful to be a part of such an amazing experience.” ~Jerricca J.