NYer of the Week: Tiffani Moore Reminds Women in Need That They Are Worthy of Love and Attention
For the latest New Yorker of the Week, giving back to women in need is a trend that will never go out of style. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report.
This is a runway to hope.
The models are residents of Susan;s Place, a homeless shelter in the Bronx run by the nonprofit "Care for The Homeless."
"I come from a domestic violence situation, and I wasn’t feeling pretty for a long time," says Kristina Reed, a Susan's Place resident. "So this builds my self-esteem and lets me know that I'm just as beautiful as everyone else, no matter what anyone says."
Building that self-esteem is Tiffani Moore. The professional stylist coordinates the annual fashion show to inspire women without a home to walk away from their past.
"My whole life's goal is to empower women, to make them feel and understand that they are worth it," Moore says. "Everybody deserves to get up in the morning and feel and look their best. It helps you in every single aspect of your life."
At this show, models choose their hair and makeup styles and clothes, which they get to keep. More importantly, they regain confidence and control along the way.
"I want to feel like I'm a part of something that's special, you know, something that productive and gratifying," says Tanya Grizzle, a Susan's Place resident.
"I had to wait until I'm 63 to become a model," says Amy Palmer, a Susan's Place resident.
Since opening in 2008, Susan's Place has helped move 900 women into permanent housing.
Tiffani volunteers throughout the year, visiting with donations and organizing a coat drive.
"She works individually with the women she treats them with respect and with dignity," says Cathy Sharp, director of development for Care for the Homeless. "There's just so many ways they don't experience that in their lives."
"She takes her time for each and every one of us. She makes us feel like a person," says Jacqueline Bogan, a Susan's Place resident.
"I fell in love, I got to listen to these women tell their stories and understand that they are me. They are my neighbor, they are my mother," Moore says. "When you come across somebody who's brave enough to be transparent and share their story, you connect with them."
So, for reminding women in need that they are worthy of love and attention, Tiffani Moore is the latest New Yorker of the Week.
For more information about the program, visit careforthehomeless.org.