The publisher of My Savvy Sisters.Com will give away all of her personal belongings and live in the streets of Hollywood, Florida to teach her readers to overcome their fear of failure.
Te-Erika Patterson, the publisher of My Savvy Sisters.Com, a website dedicated to providing resources, information and inspiration to empower women, announces the website's first massive outreach to women- The Rebuild Your Life Project.
"On April 11, 2011, I will give away all of my personal belongings and live on the streets in the city of Hollywood, Florida as a homeless person to accomplish the following objectives:
1) Demystify the homeless experience.
2) Raise awareness of the homeless lifestyle by documenting my journey on video and in writing on my website.
3) Teach women through our website that even if they are faced with their biggest fear of homelessness or an extreme life transition they can rebuild and prosper.
4) Showcase specific strategies for rebuilding your life.
5) Research, test and showcase the resources that are available to low-income and homeless citizens in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
6) To organize a job fair for homeless women in Miami-Dade and BrowardCounties that will have at least 30 businesses participate.
7) Raise funds to continue to support the development of this resource website, our efforts and a homeless shelter in my community."
Patterson has partnered with The Homeless Voice Shelter, located at 1203 N. Federal Highway in Hollywood, FL for this project. Sean Cononie, the owner of The Homeless Voice Shelter supports this endeavor.
The Miami-Dade and Broward county business communities are being asked to participate in a job fair specifically for homeless women that will take place in early May. Patterson has pledged to be homeless until 30 businesses have signed on and agreed to give homeless women a chance to be interviewed and considered for employment.
"While I am living in the streets I plan to teach strategic lessons for rebuilding your life and developing the attitude for success," Patterson explained. "Many women fear the thought of losing everything and never make a move toward their dreams because of this fear. I hope to teach women that the things they own do not define them and how their biggest fear of an extreme life transition, if it ever happens, could be a blessing that sets them free."
Patterson is an inspirational journalist, speaker and author from Miami, Florida. She recently left graduate school where she was studying to become a Marriage/Family/Couples Counselor. After several extreme losses, her decision to leave graduate school led her life into a new direction. She has been following this new direction ever since and has built a resource website for women that offers the help they need to survive and thrive in life.
My Savvy Sisters.com has provided resource information to aid women in finding home repair assistance, scholarship assistance, food assistance and drug prescription assistance among other valuable resources. It offers inspirational articles, profiles of successful women as well as personal features related to different lifestyles women enjoy.
The Rebuild Your Life Project is a fundraising and empowerment effort. All funds donated to this project will go toward:
1) Establishing an annual grant to award a single mom with housing and living expenses for 3 months so that she can rebuild her life.
2) A complete redevelopment of MySavvySisters.Com into an online community that supports women
3) The Homeless Voice Homeless Shelter
4) The efforts of our editorial team
For more information about The Rebuild Your Life Project and to read about Patterson's journey as she blogs about the decision to do the project and her efforts toward making it a reality you may visit http://www.mysavvysisters.com.
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