This month’s Tampa non-profit spotlight is Metropolitan Ministries, who serves poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties with compassion, practical help and a willingness to make a huge difference. This is a perfect month to bring them much-deserved attention because they have an amazing event, Tampa Bay Food Fight, coming up on October 16 to support one of their community programs.
The support that Metropolitan Ministries is able to offer people in need is impressive. By the numbers:
· 1,169,826 meals served
· 92% of families in our short-term emergency shelter exited successfully. A successful exit includes housing as well as placement into the Uplift U® Self-Sufficiency program
· 91% of Uplift U® families are still in stable housing 12 months after graduating
· 88% of families have maintained or increased their employment/income at the one year follow-up after exiting the program
· 87% of the families in our long-term Uplift U® self-sufficiency program exited successfully. A successful exit includes all forms of stable housing, including family reunification as appropriate.
Tampa Bay Food Fight 2018
The Tampa Bay Food Fight is the first of its kind in Tampa Bay produced by a nonprofit who supports the homeless population and at-risk families. This new foodie event raises awareness and thought leadership on one of the main causes of homelessness: unemployment due to lack of marketable skills. Metropolitan Ministries’ Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program (ITB CAP) preps at-risk students in the skill of culinary arts at no cost to them. The program is a 16-week course, providing real-life, fast-paced instruction.
ITB CAP students receive real life, fast-paced training from our knowledgeable chef instructor. Upon completion, students receive a food handler certification, culinary skills, and experience as a food preparer. Through this year’s Tampa Bay Food Fight event on October 16 at Armature Works, the goal is to provide scholarships for 100 students to the Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program. To date, ITB CAP has trained 175 students who are employed at numerous restaurants and food service facilities in the Tampa Bay area.
For more information visit us http://tampabayfoodfight.org/
Purchase tickets: bit.ly/TBFF18Tickets
Do You or Someone You Know Need Assistance?
Please call 813-209-1200.
Resources: Have you hit a crisis and need urgent help but aren’t sure where to find it? We can help you find out what resources are available to you from cash and food assistance to establishing identity for services. Please call today.
Food: Are you hungry? We serve meals at many locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Click on the link to find out where you can go for a meal. We also have emergency food if you just need to get through to the next paycheck. Please call or come into one of our locations listed above.
Housing: Do you have a safe place to sleep? We have emergency and transitional housing available for women and families with children. Please call us.
Children: Do you need to work but have small children who need your care? Please contact us to see how our childcare programs can help you.
Life Skills: Are you out of work? Do you need to get a high school diploma so you can get a better job? Do you need help finding good employment to support your family? We can help.
First Hug: Funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, First Hug is a Metropolitan Ministries program specializing in crisis stabilization for families.
For More Information
Metropolitan Ministries will have a representative in attendance at our October 10th Girls Night Out Networking Social at Seasons 52. To support Metropolitan Ministries' work, we are collecting baby diapers, size 3-5 and pull ups at Seasons 52. Any donations you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
We had an amazing event last week at Noble Crust in Carrollwood! Thank you to all of you who attended. I loved seeing familiar faces, meeting those of you who are new to our events, and of course, eating Noble Crust's delicious food! In building our supportive community of Tampa women, we've made new friends, tried new restaurants, and made great new connections. I hope you all enjoy our monthly events as much as I do!
Below you will find the information to connect with the businesses we had at Noble Crust. I appreciate you making the effort to support these amazing women as they build their businesses and even for some, their side-hustle!
Rodan + Fields with Sherry and Suzanne
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodan + Fields® is the number one selling premium skin care in the United States and all of North America. It was founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world-renowned dermatologists. Their regimens/enhancements/products can help with ALL of the following issues: anti-aging/wrinkle control, sun damage, dark spot corrections, uneven skin tone, acne prevention, sensitive skin, hydration, skin firming/skin tightening, and appearance of longer fuller eye lashes. Contact Sherry and Suzanne to let them help you find the best regimen for your own skin!
Orangetheory Fitness Carrollwood
Orangetheory sessions are designed for everyone; whether you have never stepped foot in a fitness studio before, or live and breathe fitness as the intensity of the workout is based on your individual heart rate. Whether you have fitness or weight loss based goals, the Carrollwood Orangetheory Fitness studio in Tampa is the perfect place to get you to where you want to be. From our exceptional personal trainers that are committed to your results, to the encouraging and fun group workout setting, and the upbeat music and contemporary décor, Orangetheory is motivation at its finest.
Cruiseplanners with Lisa and Wendy
Wendy and Lisa, Cruise Planners - American Express Travel Representatives, have a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, they specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.
Beautycounter with Ashley
Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what's required by U.S. law: They've prohibited the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through "The Never List™" — all while ensuring their skincare, makeup, bath, and family products perform and that they're as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market. Find out more from Ashley on Tuesday and on her site below!
Isagenix with Lili
Isagenix is a wellness company that offers a variety of products to help you feel and look your best! If your goal is more energy, weight loss, building muscle, or even boosting your immune system, they have products to help! Make sure to meet her tonight and talk about how she can help you reach your goals!
The Camera Crew LLC
The Camera Crew is a family owned photography business focused on capturing life's most precious moments. Stormy and her husband capture all of your special moments, including weddings, boudoir, newborn, engagement, and event photography. Enjoy the beautiful pictures below from our event, and reach out with your Tampa photography needs!
You can always find our list of upcoming events on our Facebook page, Tampa Housewives - housewivesinthecity.com. We hope to see you soon!
The fall season means back to school and we can all agree that our Tampa area schools and teachers need as much support as we can give. My husband and I are both former teachers, and during his time in Hillsborough County Public Schools, he learned about the Hillsborough Education Fund. This non-profit organization has one goal in mind with its programs: connecting kids to greatness.
Hillsborough Education Foundation have multiple programs to support the children in public schools in Hillsborough. Through mentoring, providing scholarships, financial assistance, school supplies, and community engagement, they are truly making a different and connecting kids to greatness in Hillsborough.
In their words, the Hillsborough Education Foundation has the following goals --
To help students by giving them the inspiration and motivation and mentoring they need to reach accomplishments they might have thought were out of reach.
To provide scholarships for the brightest and most committed graduates, regardless of their financial standing.
To prepare those who choose not to go to college to be ready to become productive members of society upon graduation through financial assistance to attend career and technical centers.
To help teachers do what they do best, by giving them the tools they need to stimulate young minds through classroom & school innovative projects and free school supplies from our Teaching Tools Store.
And finally, to engage our community so that it will help us meet our mission and strive for academic achievement for all.
How Can You Help?
There are many ways to help the Hillsborough Education Foundation as they work to support our area’s students. You can donate to them directly, volunteer with the foundation, or mentor students. Additionally, as our spotlight charity for our Noble Crust Carrollwood event, we will be collecting school supplies to be included in their Teaching Tools Store. This store is located in West Tampa and allows teachers to visit to gather teaching supplies for their classroom. Many of the students and families in our area do not have the means to attend school with all of their supplies, and many schools do not have the budget to purchase teaching tools. The Teaching Tools Store helps teachers ensure that their students have simple items such as pencils, paper, and backpacks.
A list of items we are collecting at our Noble Crust Carrollwood Girls Night Out Networking Social:
We had another fabulous Wesley Chapel Girls Night Out networking event on August 16! Thank you to all who joined us at Cantina Laredo for an evening of mingling, socializing, networking, and shopping. I am humbled every month by the support you all give each other through our events. Our goal as Housewives in the City is to create a welcoming community of women in our cities who want to meet local businesses and support each other. I love that we can find stay-at-home moms, teachers, doctors, business owners, and more all in one room and create lasting relationships.
Thank you so much to our venue, Cantina Laredo, for hosting this event. We appreciate the hard work of your staff! Our next event is September 10 at Noble Crust Carrollwood. I hope you will all be able to join us!
If you missed this event or need contact information, please find our featured businesses below. Thank you for your continued support of these businesses in our community! If you would like the opportunity to share your business with our community, please email Diana@housewivesinthecity.com for information.
Wendy Carlston with Cruiseplanners
Need a vacation? Wendy can help you to find the best deals and accommodations on both land and sea through her amazing Cruiseplanners network. She is now specializing in luxury travel from Tampa Bay, but you can connect with her for all of your travel needs!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
Planning for retirement, savings, a home, or another big purchase? Danyell and her team at Raymond James can help you manage your finances and make sure you are on the right track. Her associate Camille was at Cantina Laredo with us, and her entire team is always there for you and your financial needs. Reach out to her for a consultation to see how she can support you and your financial goals.
Danielle Hogan with Mary Kay
VIP Group: www.facebook.com/groups/215651238793665/
Did you know you can schedule a pampering session with Danielle to learn about Mary Kay’s products? I thought Mary Kay was just make-up, but they have a variety of products for skin care and more to make you look and feel your best. Danielle can help you put together your own personalized look and even include your friends too! Reach out today for more information!
Charla with 9Round Fitness New Tampa
Have you been searching for the best place for an engaging workout? Charla is the new owner of the 9Round kickboxing studio in New Tampa. This New Tampa studio follows a kickboxing themed fitness program incorporating functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. Key highlights of their program:
- No class times: a new round starts every three minutes
- Trainer included in monthly rate
- Use heart rate training to target your fat burning zone
- Workouts change daily
OrangeTheory Fitness Wiregrass and New Tampa
Orange Theory Fitness is a high-energy 60-minute workout that uses heart rate monitoring to help you burn calories after your workout! You can always try a class for free to determine if it is for you. You will find a combination of running on the treadmill, rowing, and strength training that changes every day to maximize your results!
Lee Pedrozo with Rozo Photos
The warm and kind Lee with Rozo Photos was our fabulous photographer for this event. You can view samples of his work on his website and check out our fun photos below. Reach out to him for your Tampa photography needs!
I'm lucky to be part of an amazing group of writers here in the Tampa area called the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Our blogs focus on various topics like fitness, family, travel, food, and local interests. It is always fun when we get together, and we recently had a great opportunity to spend a night socializing and crafting at Aerie Lane.
Aerie Lane in Safety Harbor is a Do It Yourself (DIY) studio in an adorable cottage with all kinds of projects including pillows, wreaths, and wooden home decor. You can browse their projects online and select a workshop. I could've spent the entire night just exploring the cottage with their completed sample projects and boutique sale items. It was a perfect setting for a night out!
Luckily, our projects were already prepped and ready for us to get to work. We listened to Aerie Lane's story from co-founder Shelya, and I was most impressed to hear that in addition to their wood DIY projects, they have networking events, jewelry, wreaths, and even tablescaping! I loved how simple the projects were and how functional everything is. Many of the bloggers chose a display box that could contain plants, flowers, holiday decor, or even books. Another choice was a serving tray with either handles or feet, and I chose the popular monogram welcome sign.
We all were able to personalize our projects with our own names, paints, and stains. I chose my colors based on the outside colors of my home because I knew I would be hanging my welcome sign on my front porch. It was helpful to have a place in mind since there were endless options!
We all had a blast using the power tools (don't worry, the staff was on hand to help!), and it was a great activity to complete while enjoying lite bites and drinks with the girls! We loved the sense of accomplishment when finished and had to show off our projects.
I would love to return for more projects at Aerie Lane. Initially I wondered how many DIY wooden signs I could have at home, but Aerie Lane does a wonderful job of offering a variety of projects such as pillows, wreaths, and the endless holiday options. Take a look through my pictures to see how my project came together, and visit aerielane.com for locations and available projects.
Through my relationship with Aerie Lane and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given the opportunity to complete a project free of charge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Our charity spotlight for this month is a relatively new non-profit based here in Tampa, Moms on a Mission. I have had the pleasure of knowing their founder, Natashia, for the past year and I have learned about her passion and calling for this cause. Moms on a Mission focuses on solving a major problem by equipping low income, working single mothers with the tools that they need to improve their lives, increase their earning power and learn essential financial and life skills that will benefit the communities in which they live in the Tampa Bay area.
Natashia and her Moms on a Mission team strive to focus on a few key areas that they have seen to make the largest impact on the lives of these women and their children. By focusing on education, financial literacy and life skills, a single mother living in poverty or pay check to paycheck can improve her life and teach her children so that generational wealth and success is a likely possibility.
According to the US Census Bureau, the second most common household is a single mother household with approximately 17 million single mom households in the United States.
Per the Census Bureau, “During the 1960-2016 period, the percentage of children living with only their mother nearly tripled from 8 to 23 percent and the percentage of children living with only their father increased from 1 to 4 percent. The percentage of children not living with any parent increased slightly from 3 to 4 percent.”
Single-parent families are among the poorest in the nation and as such, are extremely vulnerable to homelessness. Among all homeless families nationwide, over three quarters were headed by single women with children; two fifths were African Americans (43%). (Source: Singleparentguide.com)
How You Can Help
Low-income, working mothers need to provide for their children all on their own. Moms on a Mission strives to ease this burden. You can donate directly on their website, and we are also asking for some items at our next event at Cantina Laredo on August 16. It is Back to School time, and moms have reported needing help with not only school supplies, but uniforms. To that end, a gift card in any amount to a store such as Target or Walmart that sells uniforms would be a huge help. Please consider donating if you can!
What an exciting month! Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday with us for our first ever Tampa Housewives Brunch & Mimosas! I loved watching so many of you make new friends and enjoy each other's company for the duration of the event. Also - what a wonderful coincidence that we were able to take advantage of American Social's new bottomless mimosas deal. A huge thank you goes to their staff for accommodating our group!
Please take a moment to support our featured Tampa businesses from this event. We had a great variety, and these women would love for you to keep them in mind if you are in need of their services.
As always, thank you for supporting and being a part of our Tampa Housewives in the City community! I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Check out the list on our Facebook page!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
Whether planning to build a home by the lake or help your daughter launch a business, you need a well-conceived plan in order to succeed. Achieving financial independence is no different. Whether you’re looking to grow your money over time, generate income in retirement or preserve wealth for future generations, confidence in your financial plan comes with knowing your assets are invested well. As your knowledgeable partner, Danyell provides wide-ranging, comprehensive financial planning that is as dynamic, vibrant, and enduring as the lifetime of achievement it represents.
Lunchbox Wax South Tampa
At LunchboxWax, they believe that beauty is much more than just your external appearance – it’s how you feel about yourself. They wax women and men, bottoms and brows, cheeks and chests – a little (like ear fuzz) or a lot (from tip to toes). Their expertly trained waxologists are devoted to making every guest's skin smooth in a chic, modern environment that was specially designed for your comfort and care. Visit our blog post to learn more about this fabulous studio!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
For your next vacation, instead of spending time researching and trying to find all the best spots, contact Wendy to help you plan it all! She has a wealth of resources and knowledge to make sure you have the vacation you deserve, and specializes in luxury travel. She is a full-service travel agent in Tampa and wants to make sure you have the opportunity to make wonderful memories traveling the world!
Chase Cristia Photography
Chase Cristia is launching her photography business and can do it all - weddings, events, portraits, maternity, engagement, fur babies, cars, real estate!!
Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 24th for our Primebar Girls Night Out! It was great meeting so many new ladies, and I love seeing so many familiar faces. We had three amazing featured businesses, and I am sharing their information here so you can continue to connect and keep the love going!
Our events are a great way to spend a fun night out with girlfriends in Tampa while also supporting some hard-working Tampa small businesses. We always have a variety of vendors, and I appreciate when you show your support of these women (and sometimes men!).
Kimberly Ann Piper with Total Life Changes
Have a brief conversation with Kimberly and you will immediately hear the passion in her story. Total Life Changes is a system that helped her lose weight and regain her confidence, and she would love to share the details with you! Get your self-confidence back with you succeed with the Total Life Changes system! Ask her how you can lose 5 lbs in 5 day with their TLC Tea!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
It is difficult to find a travel professional as passionate about your vacation as Wendy. From start to finish, she will provide you with the best quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, Wendy specializes in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.
Matt Johnson with Edward Jones Financial
Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Matt can work with you to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals. He can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. He is happy to schedule a time to chat about your financial picture and find ways he can support you.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at American Social on April 25! We had fabulous weather and such a fun group of guests for our monthly Tampa Girls Night Out. Our vendors told me how much they loved meeting all of you, and I appreciate your support of these businesses. You will find them all listed below so you can stay in touch with them.
You can also view all of the photos from the event in the slideshow at the end of this post or on our Facebook page.
SOUTH BEACH TANNING COMPANY - SOUTH TAMPA LOCATION
South Beach Tanning Company - South Tampa, FL has the full tanning package and offer 5 levels of state of the art equipment along with the latest in Spray Tanning Technology. A sunless tan with the precision of airbrush in the privacy of your own booth. They offer the choice of aloe vera based products containing some of the best skincare ingredients from Devoted Creations and Ed Hardy Tanning that helps to give you that golden glow you're looking for!
PURE ROMANCE By JO
Life is stressful and hectic so take the time to relax and pamper yourself and your girlfriends with a fun, free ladies night with Pure Romance by Jo. Be sure to reach out to her to find out how to book your ladies night!
LUNCHBOX WAX - SOUTH TAMPA
The fabulous staff from LunchboxWax was with us to share all the details about why you should be visiting their dedicated waxing studio for all of your waxing needs! Check out our recent blog feature about this amazing South Tampa waxing studio!
INDIA HICKS - DINA SHERIDAN
Dina with India Hicks showcased their amazing collection at American Social! India Hicks is a spirited lifestyle brand with a gorgeous collection of jewelry, accessories, handbags, luggage, and more. It’s affordable chic luxury and a touch of romance infused with bits of British heritage and a fresh perspective on island life. You can view and shop the India Hicks line on her website: www.indiahicks.com/rep/dinasheridan
MARY KAY COSMETICS - RACHEL
Mary Kay Cosmetics provides complimentary skincare and glamour beauty experiences. They teach you the hottest trends and techniques of how to keep care of your skin and how to apply your makeup so that you can duplicate it at home!
SALON AND SHOPPE ON QUINCY - MICHELE ADAMS
Michele Adams is a 15 year Hairstylist, Redken Certified Colorist & Extension Specialist. Michele’s studio is at Salon on Quincy which has quiet, eclectic vibe. Come have a glass of wine and enjoy your hair visit! She's even going to be offering 20% off to first time guests! Appointments at Vagaro.com/madams.
Find Michele on Facebook & Instagram as micheleadamshairstylist
We loved having Michelle from the new Sunset Chiropractic at this event! Sunset Chiropractic is a state-of-the-art Chiropractic facility opening in South Tampa. They focus on getting to the root cause of health concerns and not simply masking symptoms, and they serve every member of the family from infants to the elderly!
BE STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
Mariana with Be Still Photography is a photographer servicing the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas in Florida. Be Still Photography can be booked for weddings, portraits, and a multitude of lifestyle events such as maternity, engagement, graduation and holiday sessions. To see samples of her work and to also book your session, go to www.bestillpictures.com
ANDI DIAMOND PHOTOGRAPHY
Andi Diamond Photography is a boutique South Tampa photography studio specializing in helping her clients look and feel beautiful and confident. Please call the studio at 813-503-5056 to inquire about family portraits, beauty portraits, or corporate headshots.
Kelly Goulart, founder and president of A Present Project, discovered the number of children in foster care in Hillsborough County and immediately knew she needed to find a way to help these children. She wanted to find a way to share some joy with this population of children, and she had heard about programs that provide presents for children in other areas of the country. Kelly herself is a big fan of birthdays and knew this would be a wonderful way to support these children. With that loving motivation, A Present Project was born!
What They Do
A Present Project partners with local child advocacy groups and their volunteers to gather birthday requests from foster children. They publish that Present Request List on their website with an approximate value for each request.
Many times, generous donations allow them to purchase the gifts themselves, or other times, donors send us the gifts directly. Those gifts are then wrapped by groups of volunteers and delivered with love to the children.
How You Can Help
A Present Project needs your help. There are so many birthdays and so many children in foster care in Hillsborough County. There are many ways you can help A Present Project reach their goals:
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!