Project Window: Queens of Far Rockaway
By Ilyassha Shivers A window allows someone to look out and see what the world has to offer. A window allows light to shine, when things appear to be gloomy and dark. Project Window is a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk girls see that life has more to offer than what they may see going on in their community. The light that helps them see the way is Angela Hines.
On Friday, May 10th,
Project Window was able to help more than 100 girls’ dreams come true. Queens of Far Rockaway provided prom/graduation dresses and accessories to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The event was hosted by the Ocean Bay Community Center.
The Queens of Far Rockaway prom dress giveaway was a complete success. So many girls were able to find dresses. Being able to see the smiles on their faces was more rewarding than words can describe. Organizations like Project Window that recognize the beauty and resilience of our youth provide hope for the community. “I am so glad to be able to take part in this mission and will continue to support,” said Arielle Ortiz.
“Everyone was really supportive. We received donations from my family, friends, and colleagues. I also received support from Fly Guy Apparel, Make my Mother Proud, Team Deuce, Costco, Darling Divas, Kiki D and Kliensfield Bridal,” said Mrs. Hines
“Looking back on my days as a youth growing up in Edgemere Housing (now known as Ocean Bay), I cannot recall anything more profound than Angela Hines and her Project Window initiative. Project Window represents struggle and triumph, and more important, community leadership. Far Rockaway is a place that has been lacking development programs for youth long before Hurricane Sandy. Project Window is a breath of fresh air,” said Maurice (Moe Slinga) Williams, a local artist who performed during the event.
(Ilyassha Shivers is an intern focusing on people and issue in Far Rockaway)