WAR boutique: Naperville boutique helps raise money for effort to rescue women from human trafficking – Chicago Tribune
“WARCHEST HITS THE HEADLINES AGAIN!!!”
Naperville boutique helps raise money to rescue women from human trafficking WAR Chest sells gifts, clothing to support agency that runs safe houses, teaches skills August 01, 2012|By Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune 2
Ashley Pitariu is the manager of WAR Chest Boutique in downtown Naperville. The shop sells jewelry, clothing, cards and other items made by women and children who have been rescued from sex slavery, abuse, violence and exploitation. Brent Lewis, for the Chicago TribuneWhen Lauren Jernigan first wandered into the new little boutique tucked away in downtown Naperville last year, she wasn’t sure what it was all about.She just thought it had some pretty things inside.When she learned that WAR Chest Boutique is supported by Women at Risk International, she made it one of her regular shopping stops. Women at Risk International is a worldwide mission, founded in 2006, that helps rescue women and children from human trafficking.”I really think it’s important, as a woman, to be able to support one another,” said Jernigan, a Naperville resident.The boutique sells jewelry, scarves, bags, clothing, cards, books and other items made by women and children who have been rescued from sex slavery, abuse, violence and exploitation.The women rescued through the efforts of WAR and its partners are set up in safe houses, provided support and counseling, educated, and taught skills. With their new skills they create the products sold at the boutiques and are able to live a safe and independent life.The Naperville boutique, which also hosts after-hour private events, is operated by one manager, four part-time employees and 65 volunteers. It has participated in more than 21 community events this past year and will be for the first time be part of the Naperville Independent Film Festival on Sept. 19 at Classic Cinemas Ogden 6 Theaters, 1227 E. Ogden Ave.
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AVENUE MORTGAGE, MOLLY GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY, AND BELLA VEDA SALON ALL UNITE TO SUPPORT THE WARCHEST BOUTIQUE IN NAPERVILLE!!
On Friday, Ashley Pitariu of the WARCHEST Boutique had another great event at her store! I am truly amazed by her creativity in connecting other services to help promote her cause. A true gift that many business’s miss out on. With each event she showcases other local business which not only promotes her, but allows her customers to see the others service up close and personal. It really sends out a statement to others in the surrounding areas of how to create awareness of not only their product but the cause they stand for.
Janine of the Warchest, Jenny from BellaVeda Salon, and Ashley of Warchest
In this particular event Molly Grace Photography was providing Free photo sessions for each person who purchased an item. The pictures were then sent to the women who actually made the jewelry. What a great way to show the women who have been saved from Human Trafficking that they have value in turn building a small relationship to those purchasing the jewelry! This store is amazing and Molly Bornfriend has now added her own signature on each piece that was sold by providing a beautiful picture as a bonus!
We at Avenue Mortgage also came to help support the Store!
This is what I love about our company!
David’s Motto for this year is:
Within the past three weeks we have created committees within our company to create this environment. One being the “Avenue Cares Team or A.C.T.” which Linda, David, I all have a passion for. The other being our Social Committee which organizes company events every month for our employees. We truly love what the Warchest is doing for the community, and came to support Ashley in the cause of helping fight against Human Trafficking.
Great Job Ashley!
“I LOVE HEARING STORIES LIKE THIS!!!!”
Twin sisters Laura and Megan Kohner, 17, of Wellington, can’t wait to spend a $5,000 education grant from Pepsi for their local charity.
The Suncoast High School juniors just learned their Bikes For Kidz Inc., nonprofit received enough online votes to land a Pepsi Refresh Project award.
To donate or for information, check out bikesforkidz.org.
THANK YOU GOOGLE!!!!! AND THANK YOU TO NAPERVILLE’S OWN W.A.R. CHEST BOUTIQUE FOR SPREADING THE WORD!!
“The money will go toward the creation of a coalition between various advocacy groups, led by International Justice Mission IJM, a group that works around the world to rescue people from forced labor and sexual exploitation. IJM will partner with other groups like Polaris Project, Slavery Footprint, and others for a multi-year project, beginning in 2012.”