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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chit Charity: Q&A with Kristina Lee Grandstaff

FWAC: Wh
y did you start this organization?
KLG: “Fashion is in my veins, but serving is in my heart.” I longed to serve women in difficult
circumstances and through our program equip and empower then to learn their true value and
purpose.
I began this organization at 22 years old. It all began very organically by first rallying a group of
young leaders in New York City together, After hosting 12 successful educational events around
the nation to make different networks aware of the topic of domestic sex trafficking and donating
our proceeds to a document
ary being produced on human trafficking, I did the legal paperwork
and attained out 501(c)(3) in 3 short weeks!
The mission of Freedom Forth is serve and empower women to fulfill their purpose. Through
strategic partnerships we work to provide medical care and other services to enrich the lives of
women of low income, domestic violence and sex trafficking based in the New York City area.
Bi-annually we meet with women for 3 month semesters serving women through our
"Purpose
Filled Steps" Program. We serve our participants with medical care, career, interview and
computer training, budgeting and finance skills, life-style and nutrition, equine therapy,
professional fashion seminars as well as parenting skills. In addition our program develops
community support systems with the intent to give our participants the
tools to become self-
sufficient, ultimately enabling them to return to the community and live independently.
During the program, each woman receives: A weekly support group to attend, Dental care, Eye
care and glasses / contact lenses, A computer , A professional outfit and pair of shoes, Hair
cut and style, Make-over (At the end of the
program we will be treating the women to a special
evening out in New York City for dinner and a Broadway Play.)
I can’t begin to tell you what a joy and honor it is to serve my life serving other women.
FWAC: If you were to go on a desert island and could only bring one thing what would it be?
KLG: My Bible. And in my Bible, there is a little case for my CoverGirl Lip Gloss ;)
Ok, I cheated.
FWAC: What is your guilty pleasure?
KLG: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
FWAC: What is the one beauty product you cannot live without?
KLG: Dior - Shimmer Powder.
FWAC: What is your favorite summer happening?
KLG: A Mediterranean picnic on the beach with the ones I love around me + love + music + laughter.
FWAC: In just a few words tell FWAC why people should come out to She is clothes in Strength on June 16?
KLG: Your ticket sale directly goes into our “Purpose Filled Steps” program serving women of low income and domestic violence this September through our 3 month program. Your ticket has the power to give freedom and healing.

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn

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