Little Black Dress Initiative

September 16-20, 2019

Monday, September 16
Sistering CU Training. Please register here.

Tuesday, September 17
Junior League General Member Meeting

Wednesday, September 18
WIN Recovery House Tour 6:00pm and 6:30pm
Community members to register please contact Junior League members please register here for the 6:00pm and 6:30pm tours.

Thursday, September 19
Little Black Dress Initiative Social, Larry Kanfer Gallery 5pm-7pm
Register here. Please contact with any issues with registration.

Friday, September 20
Women’s Professional Clothing, Shoes and Accessories Drive 8am-5pm
Multiple Businesses throughout the Champaign-Urbana Community.
If you would like to host a women’s professional clothing drive at your place of employment for WIN Recovery in support of the LBDI please contact President, Denise Poindexter for more details.

The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness on the issue of barriers developing the full potential of women. Throughout the week of September 16-20, 2019, advocates will wear the same black dress (or outfit) for 5 (five) consecutive days to illustrate the effects how life circumstances can impact women’s access to resources, confidence and professional opportunities.

By wearing a button that reads “Ask me about my Dress,” advocates invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about this important issue. This will be a week-long initiative to support WIN Recovery. The purpose is not just to wear the same black dress/outfit; but to discuss the needs in our community and what we can do to help. If you would like to support our initiative by wearing a LBDI button please contact JLCU members buttons will also be provided at the September General Member Meeting.

More about WIN Recovery…

Bethany Britton-Little, the founder of Women in Need Recovery, was inspired to build this program after her own life experiences. Bethany, as the women she wants to help in this program, experienced a shortage of transitional housing, a lack of services and resources that focused on trauma informed care and substance behavioral disorders, and a failure to provide support for women that have been involved in the criminal justice system. While making positive changes in her own life, Bethany chose to dedicate her life to empowering other women to learn to help themselves. This is the core of WIN, Women in Need Recovery.

While re-establishing her life, Bethany learned a valuable lesson about what is a key issue for her and women like her. That without support, resources, and access to a safe stable transitional housing, many women will have difficulty escaping the lifestyle to which they continuously fell victim.

For this reason, WIN Recovery provides stability through transitional housing that includes programming that focuses on trauma informed care, recovery support from addiction, and re-unification with family to provide healing.

Bethany has dedicated her life to giving back to the community and providing valuable support to women in need.

“Together, we can WIN Recovery”.