16 Aug Happy Tears
I received one of my favorite texts of all time the other day from one of our Associates that graduated in May. “Hi Miss Stephanie. Hope you are doing well. I have a victory this week. Can you please write it and put it on the victory wall? Today was my final exam at ESOL. I passed so I am in college now.”
I’ve read the text about 50 times and showed almost everyone who knows anything about Vickery Trading for the past week. I tear up Every. Single. Time. Because this is exactly why I do what I do. The late nights, the endlessly steep learning curve, the meetings, the photo shoots, the social media strategy, the language barrier, the fundraisers, the markets. All of it. For moments like this.
This text didn’t just happen over night. It was 2 ½ years in the making. And she didn’t just do it on her own or with the help of just one person. Countless volunteers sat beside her and asked about her family and home. They patiently answered her questions about America when it was a place she didn’t like or understand. Interns took her to the library and taught her how to get a library card. Co-workers took classes with her and studied with her. Our ESL teacher helped her apply for financial aid and scan and upload the documents when her computer didn’t work. Donations paid the woman who took care of her baby while she worked. YOU bought dresses she made and helped fund the paycheck she used to pay for tuition.
Now the entire trajectory of her life has changed. Because of this little sewing shop in Dallas, TX. She’s going to get a degree and pursue her dream of teaching. Doors of opportunity will open for her that were locked tight before. And her son…can you imagine how different his life will be now? You cannot possibly quantify the impact of her time in Vickery Trading.
So for those of you out there who are questioning:
Is this business plan crazy?
Can buying a dress really change a life?
I mean come on…REALLY?!?!
Does any of the money from this purchase actually make it back to these women?
Do my donations actually help refugees?
Did that time I came to VTC and pinned tags on dresses really make a difference?
Is this a shameless plug for all things VTC?
What next?? Well…the kids are going back to school, so carve out some time and head to the VTC office to hang out with our Associates! Not in Dallas? Hop online and check out all the other ways to support more women who are pursuing dreams just like this one.