'A Common Thread:' The inspiring stories of how a business suit changed the lives of three women
This, KHOU. 11 special. Presentation. A common thread is presented. By reliant, and Chevron. Girl. I have a meeting in about two minutes. I don't, even know what this meeting is about I don't even know who the participants, are I'm just gonna call in early and, bail me. Good. Morning miss Brown this is Joanna from IT I have Robin from HR with me. Hi. Leticia, this is Robin from HR. We're. Making, changes and. We have to let you go effective. Immediately. Best. Of luck to you. I've. Been volunteering at, Dress for Success Houston. Since 2000. Practically, almost, as long as I've been in, television. Look, at me I was a baby back, in 2004. And, in. Doing, my volunteering. Whether it was dressing women, or, giving. Them the. Speaking, skills that they needed I learned, about their, stories, and what they have experienced. In life and as, a journalist. But most importantly. As, a. Human, being with compassion. And caring and wanting to see others succeed I wanted. To share those. Stories with. Others. We're so excited excited. To share with the greater community of a good work that goes on here, at Dress for Success so. Who do you have here did you pull some together okay so we have a few, ladies. Who have been ambassadors. For, us in the past it's, a good-looking group let me say that everybody, looks great thank, you I would say, about latisha if. She's electric, she. Just gives off a positive. Energy, and shining. An advantage. Of speak for success she has I was gonna say she's a familiar face I thought I recognized. Her I can't, forget that smile she's got a great mouth on very, attentive, I'd speak for success, that's, what I notice I think she'd be great. We. Have a rather ambitious. Agenda, my. Name is Leticia Brown and I, am originally from New, Orleans Louisiana. I've. Been in information, systems since I went to college I pretty. Much controlled, my, career, I controlled, everything about it I took my own stuff into my own hands I didn't really allow it, stored. Up in air and see well know that. That just wasn't me. Get. Warmed up with the tongue-twisters. Pencil. Down some goals, I've always, prepared. I'm planned I know my next move, what am I gonna do next I look, into the market, okay this is what you want to do this is what you need to get I prepared. Myself and. That, lasted, for 16 years. Until. I got, laid off and it, was the first time I was without a job. This. Was the first time I felt helpless I could. Not control the, situation. And. I remember, my daughter was home from college on her spring break and I, went in the room and I just told her I said I. Just lost my job I, was. Fine when. They told me but, when I told her, I immediately, shed, tears because. She, was, like, mom. What, we going to do. Financially. I was, okay to, last for six months, financially. But, emotionally it. Was different. Emotion. Was different. Some. Other ladies. That we looked at we can kind of go, through here. Melissa's grade and Isabelle karma. Is a single, mom of five and, she's, excelled. In the oil and gas industry, made it through layoffs and a lot of women as you mentioned from the statistics, will be able to relate being. A divorcee, and being, able to care for their own children and, provide for them so, I think we can add her to the short file. Come. On Chris hurry up, say. Puppy. My. Name is Carmel Aiko and I'm 42 years old. I'm. Actually a project manager in oil and gas. I. Like. It a lot it was a big, change from what I've done before. Oil. And gas it's really a professional environment so, it was really career, driven and wanted to have a career and that's, been really good I've, never enjoyed that a lot. I like, this teacher I know. You know she's only doing it for your own good right because we had a lot more practice. You're gonna get a lot better, how. Much every time if you really. As. A kid I grew up with four brothers it. Was my, mom and dad and my four brothers and I so there were seven of us and we, struggled quite a bit we are a single income family Sundays, like herding cats I. Actually. Was, born in Oklahoma my. Father was in the military so. We did a lot of traveling. I grew. Up with a mom five, kids same, situation, divorced. Single. Struggling. And. Then. I repeated, that whole cycle and. I, think about my kids and I, think okay something. Has got to change. Poster. Boards you got to pick your color I went.
To College and about my third year I started. Having medical, complications. And the doctors told me okay get off birth control because. You, may have problems I. Could. Sieved in the first month so. It, was like oh well. Now what do I do and then, it just kind of snowballed, from there. We're. Gonna do two separate orders okay. So. That way I can get a 20%, off of one and then on my first three we're all 18 months apart so it was like boom boom boom and getting back into school was very difficult very hard I kept, trying and, I just it just wasn't working out. So. I did try a couple of careers a little bit of customer service, a little bit of HR. Entrepreneurship. Taught me a lot about leadership, and. Working, in chaotic environments, moving, fast, but. There's. Not a lot of money a lot of times when we were in business. So it was feast or famine many times and, I. Was so, busy just, trying to make life happen and keep. Moving forward and, stay, positive. That. I. Really. Didn't have a moment to stop and think it. Was just the, drive to keep moving forward, when. I separated, I, had. To start looking for work again to take care of me and the kids I have. A large family I need. To make a certain amount of income and a. Lot of times to, get to that income, that rank, of income that I needed to be at in. Order to take care of my family I need, the education because. They're requiring they did, agree. We. Went in so many different avenues IT. Was. Our best business, we even had a restaurant over in Cinco Ranch and the. Economy, took a hit. Very. Often we'd. Be without electricity or. Without. Water the water gets shut off a, lot. Of times I had to apply for Social, Services. In. Order, to get help with food or. Even. Sometimes to pay the bills and. That. Happens sometimes when, you're an entrepreneur. Things. Just kept happening. Finances. Economical. I needed to work to help keep things together I had. To stay home with the kids a couple of times like just as I was getting started or just as I start a career I'd. Have another one and it was like ah. He says the melting pot and, Xena. Was one of our incredible, ambassadors. Or family, moved here from Lebanon. She's. Somebody who's extremely. Bright. Very. Capable, you, sound so proud you sound like mom, I am she's, a remarkable. Young woman. My. Name is Dana cash more is ahead my. Maiden name is cash more because, I recently just got married so I'm still like telling people both means I'm. 27. I'm an attorney my, parents, are immigrants, they came from Lebanon, but we were all raised here I was born in California we, moved here when I was 10 months old so we've lived in the same house my whole life. I'm. Definitely. Houston, kid. My. Family's originally, Lebanese and, my, husband's family's originally, Syrian, so we're all about all the, Arab stuff. My. Parents, basically raised, us in like a little bubble so we didn't actually know we were in America until, we went to school we, were like wait not everybody, is Arab, it's, just us so like that's crazy.
I've. Been wearing my hijab since I was 8 years old and I, used to get like the weirdest, questions, so, I would get like do you shower with that thing on I'm like no I don't shout. Fine, can, you help me carry the team bin I was. Like born and raised here but I always get the question like oh so where are you from and then when I say I'm from here people like no where are you actually from like no I'm actually from here I. Actually, was, born and raised here. People. Compliment my English all the time like, your English so good I'm like thanks. Thank. You so much that's great I'm. The oldest of four kids, I have two younger brothers and a younger sister. We. Never, knew it but my dad worked. Like crazy to, get us by I'm, not sure how he clawed his way up but he got enough money to like buy a gas station and then he started, flipping. Gas stations, as a business, like he would buy it and fix it up and then sell it for a profit and he. Was able to do all that because my mom was a trooper, and she was staying home raising four kids by. Herself the days that he couldn't show up and even the days that he could show up cuz he was so exhausted because, he worked, most. Of the days I'm, going to this new place all as I work to him mm-hm it's called the path of T it's. Like a little Asian place and all they service teams all the pictures so, weird that's amazing, we were never a, family, that had a ton of money but as kids we didn't notice it because we had everything we needed. But. I was a little bookworm when, I was little I. Had. A public library, card and. I would like make my mom take me once a week and I'd check out like a stack of books and then read, all of them and bring them back and I was. That kid I. Loved. Reading I, loved English, so I ended up majoring, in English when I went to U of H and then obviously. That. Turned into going. To law school. Almost. Everyone of ordinary, information. Understands. Very well what, is meant by the word law but, my dad, stopped. Working, for health reasons. And he was actually in the hospital for like six or seven weeks, it. Was clear that he wasn't gonna be able to go back to work, I. Had. A big scholarship, to U of H I didn't need to take out all the student loans but my family needed me to it. Was never a question it, was just something that that I did because it was what I should have done. I. Am. So tired of saying, girl. I'm so fat, every. Time you look around she's, doing, something spectacular. Woman's. Are gonna stop you. Know what I was just talking about that yesterday I'm just getting started, that's good I'm just gonna I grew up in a low-income family, I always, like to say I was one foot out of the projects. Oh. No. I go way back. Yes. We. Didn't get along. Laughs. You. Were so flip. So. Flip. I, challenged. My, challenge, my, what. An adult, yeah why why, we got to do it like that. My, mom worked a minimum-wage job to, take care of four girls so there's, not a big quality, of life right there don't. Come in my kitchen well. I know we. Know how you are about coming in your kitchen you, know I know you talked about how opinionated, that I woke it I said okay you made it but, has it changed much have, I got done with it yeah. You change, your life you change all kinds, of leave one thing you help take care of me but, that's the least I could do for you. I. Was, a bookworm, I have to say I graduated. Second, in my. High school class and, I, was a part of ROTC. I knew.
I Wanted to go to college, but. My family. Paying, for it was not, something, that they could do my, mom still had three other girls, I got, a C one time a D one time and you. Went off on me, so bad I'm like but I'm an honor roll student I'm. In. The top ten, class why, are you fussing at me cuz I gotta D cuz I know what you could do and that's what she told me I know what you can do and I know what they can do and I'm like okay. I, wanted, y'all didn't. Have to struggle like I had, trouble, that's why I pushed. So hard, I want. It different I was. Not going, to, not go to college by, any means necessary. And the military wasn't my way to college I was, very happy, because, after, I graduated, I had somewhere to go and I knew when I got out of the military, going. To college, was. Not, optional. It was, mandatory because I had the financing. To be able to pay my, own way without putting that stress on my mom you. Know we've all had our challenges in, life. You. Had your challenges, I had my challenges, and it. All no shapes us and make us who we are so. How, do you think I handled the. Challenges, in my life you're. A strong person you're, very strong, you. Help everybody. No. Matter who. It is you always call, are you insane, tisha just like everybody, calls, on me, I always said, I get. That help in nature, from, you this, is my step. I. Got. Pregnant when I was 19 I was in the military and I had my son so I was a single parent, he. Was, born, in Georgia when I was in the military I got deployed and my, son went, to my mom she, was my care provider, he. Was there with her for the six months while I was deployed and, then. It, was time for me to come home and I went to get him he, was like no no no I like. Being with grandmother, I like, being around my cousins my auntie's, cuz it was just me and him in Georgia, and I'm like but you're my child you're, coming back to Georgia with me so, when I came home, six, months later I took him back and he just was not the same child, he. Was not and. My mom had already been saying just let him stay you, have eight months left just, let him stay, I said well mama he's mine. She said please just let him stay I said, okay, eight months, I'll. Be back home so. I spent a lot of time back and forth from. Georgia to New Orleans to spend time with my son so. Normally, when I used to come home I would. Stop here first and, I pull up and I see if he was playing if. He was playing then, I'll just pull to, the side and. My horn and he'll look and see as me that little finger like I seen you and then, I'll just stand at the at the fence and just wait for him to get a break in and he'll come even, give me a sweaty. It's. Amazing, because I've, never stepped on this Court. Now. Why did you come over here why did you stand off to the side when, you used to come did you want to be like you know I miss my mama you know all the boys out, here, I, didn't, want to you know go, run to your mommy and get your mommy a kiss. He. Was. Like. Oh my. Goodness, sport. But, you know he just was persistent, and I. Think he really learned to gang right here in the neighborhood. So. He went to New Orleans and, he was there but. He. Lived his best life, when. He was home with my mom and my family they. Developed, a bond at. That time one. That when I moved to Houston, it. Tore, him apart again. We. Were here for about four, or five years, and he was turning to his teenage years and, he. Said mom I just want to go back home to Grandma, I said. Please you. Know you don't belong that you belong with me, just. To give give, you the looks of desperation, just. To paint a picture for you for it but these people are going through it's just a devastating, sight, to see well, Hurricane Katrina happened and I, had 30 people in my house.
So. He got all his cousins, back he. Got my mom he. Got my aunties so. He, was happy. When. Everybody, left one. By one they, were starting, their lives over again, he. Became sad. He. Was. Losing. His family, again, and he. Started acting out so. We, got, him counseling, and the counselor, said if you. Have someone, at home that. Can take him let, him go. She. Said I'm go I said. Okay. Bear. Little, bear little, bear little. Bear, where's ball here. Five. Kids is busy, me. And my husband at the time we tried, working split, shifts one, of us would work days one of us were work nights we never saw each other it, was handing off the kids we, got to make build-a-bear, before they closed at. Those times we're trying to make things work with the business and that was, really really hard and we. Actually flooded. In Ike it. Was the struggle afterwards. And, we had our business but the recession the flood everything knocked, us down and it. Was tough on the relationship we. Had another kid my Tristan is our Ike baby. It. Was a terrifying, situation. Separating. After 20 years and then. I went through bankruptcy in, 2016. So it's been a tumultuous. Several. Years. When. I separated, I, had. To start looking for work again to take care of me and the kids I was, referred to Dress for Success through. A program that I was looking at and I did. Not realize the impact it was going to have on my life. Is, he cut Lina yeah. Over. The last three years we, built a home we. Started, actually having, savings, had. Two. Cars cars. I was getting for my kids because, they were turning a beige. And. Make a big way and. Harvey. Hit. And. It. Took us back, to square one this. Is your old neighborhood. The. Neighborhood you love so much oh my, gosh yes I love this neighborhood my, kids grew up there younger years here, and it was where they were the happiest, we, had such a sense of community very. Family-oriented. Completely. Unlike. Any neighborhood have ever been it take. Me back to, when you were living in this house and Harvey. Came and flooded quickly, down to the center of the storm and this is a historical. Night first. Category, four hurricane to. Hit the Texas coast since Carla, and 61, that, day Harvey, hitch. My kids were actually with their dad so I ran up to the target up the street to go shopping get them some munchies and some games to play I think twister. And a few other things just, to give them a little fun I was gonna go home stay, with my cat we had three cats at the time and I guess it's a really good thing that my friends called, and convinced. Me to go to the woodlands and, here comes this heavy rain band that continues, to sit on us now it has moved.
But. Not before causing this flood emergency across Harris County I went up there and that night it rained and it began to flood and. I was keeping in constant contact with my neighbors they were calling me and, we're gonna flood that's. That second, rain band that's forming right there and it's coming right up the west side where we've already had very heavy rain in it's stationary I, mean the individual, storms were racing, north but, the line itself, is just not moving we. Were actually, watching the news we. Thought we were safe we didn't have we had, heavy waters, but we didn't have water in the homes once. They decided, to open the flood gates it, seemed all, of my Beiber's started calling okay we're, expected, to flood this deep where spectre-2 flood this deep and, sure. Enough by. Mid-morning, it, began to flood into the houses. We. Were in one of the hardest hit areas over at Clay Road and Barker snipers and. We. Lost pretty much everything. Some. Of the saddest moments were. When. We went back to the house for the first time we. Just walked, in and we couldn't believe the devastation, how. Powerful, the water was that it had broken, oak chairs, to, pieces, just they just fell apart moved. Furniture. From, one room to another, the. Septic, situation, the septic, backed up and broke down and polluted. Everything and pretty much everything wasn't salvageable. That. Was hard I. Just. Sat there like oh gosh, I have, got to start all over again. Reliant. Is a proud sponsor of, a common thread and a proud supporter of Dress, for Success Houston. Many. People know reliant is providing, energy to their homes and businesses but, ever alight we also believe in being a positive force in the community, reliant. His partner with Dress for Success for, 15 years now and to see that transformation of. These, women it's worth everything. That, rely it does with Dress for Success to, see that and to know that they are now being, role models then for their children, and other women in the community the. Programs that we provide the, women beyond the suit allow them to not just land a job but build a career and develop. Their personal and professional skills, to achieve self-sufficiency, that, they need to, have a company, that is as, committed, as reliant, is incredible, for us so, over the past 15, years reliant. Has donated more, than three hundred and twenty thousand dollars to the mission a Dress for Success allowing. Us to support over, 40,000. Women in the past 20 years. You. It's. So hard to pin down just, like one thing because. I feel like everything. Just kind of meshes together and that's what creates your success. It's. A balance of like your family and your friends and your law school friends, which is just like a completely, different animal, because, they know you so, much better than everybody else because they did this too I, could. Tell you how hard it was a hundred times and you will never understand, how hard it was until you do it I attribute. My success to. My family and my husband because, even though he wasn't my husband he stuck with me and I don't think I would have stuck with me well who's his mom come on we. Oughta let myself just sitting on the floor crying but like I'm done I, can I'm a move on you know. I, was. In my first year of law school and, I. Was completely broke all the time. Law, schools like, $30,000, a year and the books themselves are. A couple of grand every semester and you. Know it's it's just an overwhelming amount of money, my. Grades weren't where I wanted them to be because everyone, that goes to law school used to be a straight-a, student and now, it's just like a mandated, curve that won't allow you to be a straight-a, student, not everyone, can be, I don't. Regret going in law school but your first year in law school is like so emotionally. Exhausting. I don't, know why I decided to do this, how. Long ago was it when you first came to the States. I bet. Coming here especially to, Louisiana, was that a bit of a culture shock when, you arrived so, many years ago. You. Were in business for yourself for a year sorry, did. You spend a lot of time working and providing for the family I'm sure 7. Days 7, days away yes it's, like that I mean I do own business it had to be like that yeah I remember that little bag. That. Was very cool Livan. Pretty. Cool, to you for dad he's like oh my goodness finally, I got my headset. What. Was she like as a youngster. Young mean oh my she. Is an attorney now so, when she decided. She wanted to be an attorney what did you think about that, oh he forced, me into it oh it's totally his idea. Since. I was little I want. Somebody. Had. Now. You have an attorney, in the family. So. What did you guys think when, your sister got her law degree degree.
Was Like a relief because we used to when she lived here we shared a room and. Or. Crying, about how stressed she is or, just like, angry. Because she was in law school. You. Were going through all the. Image you were going through all the emotion, and. That's kind of where I was that I was, at the point where I was like I really don't know why I did this and I was starting to interview for summer, positions and, one of my counselors who knew how frustrated, I was with my grades and she, knew a little bit of my family situation and that you know maybe I had less, money than. Some, of the other kids that go to law school she was like there's this program you. Don't have to do anything just show up and they'll give you a suit for free and that way you can have like a nicer, suit to wear to your interviews, she was like just go there called Dress for Success no, one's gonna ask you to do anything I promise they'll just like put a suit on you and you'll leave and and you never have to see anyone again and almost like I could find free suit sounds, great so, I was a little bit apprehensive when, I went it's, not at all the image that is painted in your mind when you hear about the program I can't. Wait for my interview, it. Starts with the suit but. That's just, the beginning. Picking. Up the pieces after Harvey, has been a whirlwind. I did. Not know, where to begin to be honest, where. Do you start, when, you're when I was starting all of I was like okay I need absolutely. Everything a few. Days or. Maybe it was a week after so, Dress, for Success gave. Me a call and say hey we heard you flooded we want to help we have an event could you come Dress. For Success, blew. Me away I. Could. Not believe the magnitude, of what they did we. Went in and we. Were gifted with several, outfits several. Pairs of shoes we got toiletries. That were donated, shampoo. Makeup. Gift, cards, so that we could get some of the other things that we needed the, little things the little things I couldn't believe how. Fast, they. Worked. To. Turn around and help, so. Many, women, that. Had gotten flooded, it, had when you walked in it. Was this overwhelming feeling. The, strength in everyone. Just. Kind of let us all know that it. Was going to be okay. None. Of us were alone. We're. All in it together and. That. Was. That, was so powerful. They're, focused, on the, whole woman. Hair. Body. Minds. Education. Career. Finance. It's. Incredible. All the touch points that they have all. Of these pieces that, I hadn't, actually paid a lot of attention to made.
A Big, difference. And I was able to keep my job we. Made a commitment that none. Of the women in the, professional, women's group who had suffered through, Harvey were going to lose their jobs we, were going to do whatever, it took, to. Make sure. They. Did not and of. The group we, sent out surveys, to find out how they were and, with, the group of women hundreds. Who, were impacted, I can. Tell you so proudly not. One of them lost their jobs. Dress. For Success has, been, overwhelmingly. Positive. In. Our. Lives. Longed. To be part of a community again, that. Was a really important, goal. What. I learned through Dress for Success when. I was doing all of my financial planning in my situation it, was important that I go ahead and I actually build, an asset that I actually get a home we. Would rented, and traveled, back and forth so, much that, the drive to really have a stable. Home for my kids was, so, important, and we. Searched and searched for months. On a house and then, we finally found this one and we. We jumped. If. I had never gotten to dress for success I, wouldn't, have pursued professional. Career the path. Would have been completely, different it, would have been a lot harder the, fact that Dress for Success was, there kept, me focused kept. Me learning, that. Pride knowing, that. We were able to get house that. Was amazing, thanks, to Dress for Success I couldn't, have done without it. It was. Challenging for, me when I got laid off and I. Think, at that time. Of. Alumnus. With, myself I had to deal with a, lot. Of that I, was. Forced. It's, a not avoided, anymore, so, this is your old neighborhood yes this is my old neighborhood, I grew up here this. Is what consider it as uptown. New Orleans, 13, Ward this, is also the neighborhood, where your son was murdered yes take. Me back to, that. Night and what happened. Leticia that, night I can, remember I was at home in Houston and the, phone rung and my, sister, was on the other line and, she was. Crying, uptown. Neighbors lay flowers at the scene of last night's murder in the 5100. Block of furet street this, is where 19 year-old Earl Joseph, Meeks lost his life we heard three gunshots in. A row and we. Just like, looked at my housemate. And I looked at each other and disbelief, like did somebody really just get a shot police say Meeks was leaving the bar friar Tuck's when suddenly, shots, rang out, they found him lying in the street with a gunshot to the head. Instantly. One. Two three he, shot my son and, he died. Right. There by a tree. Next. To the clock. I. Wanted. Him to be like me. But. He, had his own way of doing things I just, didn't know he was actually listening to me it wasn't until the, visual. The, funeral, the service, so many people came up to me and they, shared their, stories, about him. To me I was definitely pleased. At the young man that he was becoming he. Was a good baby, and. I know that he's with the Lord right now. I'm. Gonna miss, him dearly. This. Is the closest. I've been, to, this, spot, since. The visual which. Was three, days after he. Died this is the closest and how, are you feeling tonight. I'm. A private person and I didn't, talk to anyone to, help me through the moment I say. To myself and I dealt with a lot of the pain by, myself there's, a lot of guilt on my, part because. I didn't know. Creating. A new. Life. After. His bed that. Was difficult. And, it. Was challenging and, it, wasn't something that I could have prepared myself for. Addressed. Sent through our professional women's, group it does not stop here within the veterans program it was out of veterans job fair I met, Alicia I told. Her I was laid off and the. Veteran, is what connected, us she, said just come to Dress for Success I, was like I have a student I'm finna corporate America sixteen.
Years I really don't need any clothes, Alicia and, she said Latisse adjust, come just, come see what we're about I said, okay and I. Came and sure, enough I did I got to sue but. What I got, house. Was, a. Support. The. Women, just, welcomed. Me and, at, that time I, needed. Somebody. And. They, were, my gift, they. Provided, me an, outlet, to help to, deal with some, of the pain. That, I, unearthed. By, being by myself, they. Were an, organization. That. Allowed me to grow, and. Also. Give back. Here's. My bit well it's, beautiful. Okay so I'm interested to see your latest looks from, Dress, for Success here's. One of my favorite suits so, you go once a month you go for the PWG, meeting, typically, one of the things that I really like about the suiting aspect, of Dress for Success once. You go to pwg, you get a stamp you get four stamps you get to go shop everything, you need from head to toe and they pretty much take care of us from, head to toe so it's definitely, an organization. That probably. We won't leave you're. Looking good yes I'm. Looking great I. Work. At mitts yes i dro KP, LLC it's a montrose like a small firm and that's, awesome, because I get to do a little bit of everything. Hey. How are you all, right Lily Mateus here. Yet thanks this. Is crazy I can't believe that I'm actually a lawyer and that I actually made it through law school and that I was able to do this and that my dad was always right about everything and I hate that I. Love bragging on Dress for Success cuz I really feel like they made such a huge difference I feel, like they did make me feel really, great about myself which, helped me a lot, in the legal field as well they forced me to network they would like name-dropping. Me to other lawyers and like yeah she's our lawyer they are so, personally, invested in my success that. It helped me be successful. Chevron, is a proud sponsor of a common thread and a proud supporter of Dress, for Success Huston, what, makes the relationship so. Great, between, Dress for Success and, chevron is the values that they share for. Example, when. A woman walks in the door a dress for success she is treated, with complete. Respect. She, has given opportunities, to improve, herself which improves, the life of her family, and then that flows back to the community, and that's, what Chevron is all about I am, so proud, of the relationship between, Chevron. And Dress for Success Houston, we, contribute, suits we contribute, money but that money is in used, to. Help, our women. Our clients. To, build a better life for themselves and, you, can see a day-by-day as, the clients walk into the building and walk out and you follow their careers, and you, see how, the. Simple thing like a suit, has impacted, their lives and the lives of their families. God. Gives you a lot of gifts I made. A decision, to write a book and it's. A book that's targeted. To mothers, whose love their children, and I. Share my journey on, how I found, a, new, way of life how, I. Created. A new norm for, myself because, it's hard going, through that journey and if, you, don't have anyone, to help, you if you don't know what to do I'm just gonna share my story, with you and hopes, that it touch you and give you some sort of footprint, to find your way back I, wouldn't. Never wrote that book if it. Wasn't for just the success I. Am. Planning on going back for my degree I had. Three years under my belt when, I started. Having kids so I'm anxious to go back finish, that year I'm gonna show my kids that. It doesn't matter what happens in life and it doesn't matter whether you think or you can if you work hard you're. Gonna do it I started. Over again when, we moved here to Houston. Started. Over again after Hurricane Ike started. Over again after. A divorce and started. Over again in Harvey, I'm. Just gonna keep on checking I'm.
Just Gonna keep on going being positive moving. Forward and just surrounding. Myself with, people. Who. Want. To help and around the same path that I. I want, to continue, to grow and network with people who, are where I want to be. I still. Wear, a suit from Dress for Success every time I go to pour it. What's. Hanging in my office my. One. Left Dress for Success suit, that fits me and I literally wear it all the time because it's like the perfect black suit, and, it goes with everything I could. Probably afford to buy a nice suit now but I just haven't bothered it, reminds, me of all. This struggle that I went through and like all the women that helped me along the way so, I love it I'm probably gonna wear it until it's like on its last thread. When. These women walked through our doors they, have access to a networking, group of women, many. Of them just like her who's. On this journey to success, and they. Walk the road together. And, they. Realize, they. Have so, much in common much. More in common than they, have differences. I. Yeah. We. Got. Struggles. But. You can let go. Your. Trusted. Again. Thank. You for watching a common, thread presented. By reliant, and Chevron.