Our June 2016 STAND!ing Ovation goes to Wendy Katchmar and the Walnut Creek Chapter of the American Sewing Guild (ASG). Wendy and her fellow ASG seamstresses have dedicated themselves to improving STAND!’s Emergency Shelter by providing a fresh and cozy new look for our kitchen, bedrooms and living spaces.
ASG is a nonprofit group that provides sewing education, activities and community service for over 200 members. The Walnut Creek chapter is passionate about service projects and have used their sewing skills to benefit the community in many ways, including sewing pajamas for Sleep Train Foster kids. To brighten up STAND!’s Emergency Shelter, the ladies of ASG solicited materials from local vendors, collected fabric and rods from their own guild members and hand-sewed new curtains for several rooms. Their beautiful work enhances the feeling of home for folks staying at our shelter and our staff and residents are incredibly grateful to the Guild for choosing STAND! for their service project.
This project would not have been possible without the advocacy and leadership of Wendy Katchmar, ASG member and STAND! volunteer. Wendy joined STAND! in 2015 and has become an active participant of our Speaker's Bureau, a group of volunteers that educates the community on family violence and represents STAND! at a variety of community events.
"Wendy's passion to end family violence drives her commitment to STAND!,” says volunteer Coordinator Gretchen Ellis. “I have seen Wendy face her own past and use it as fuel to continue working on behalf of other survivors."
STAND! is so pleased to recognize Wendy and the Walnut Creek chapter of ASG for volunteering their time and creating something beautiful that our shelter residents can enjoy for years to come.