A love of fashion and formal events brought Kiara and Marda together and your support provided them with an evening of beautiful dresses, tiaras and the chance to make some amazing memories. FM Café, also funded by your generosity, and their love of music and lights, helped solidify a connection between Rachele and Marda.
These events, made possible by your donation, became the foundation for friendships that are carrying these women through the isolation of the pandemic.
In late 2019, St.Amant support staff Michelle recognized some shared interests between two women supported in the Community Residential program. Initially, Marda and Kiara were introduced to each other over FaceTime and they quickly found common ground. Marda told Kiara about the Princess Ball she was going to and extended an invitation to her.
This was the beginning of a friendship that has blossomed over the past year.
Marda and Kiara had a wonderful time at the ball! It not only brought them joy that night, but it was a beautiful start to a new friendship. They sometimes reminisce about the night they were princesses.
In the last year, these women have shared birthday celebrations, visits to the beach, mimosas and much more. As COVID restrictions increased, gatherings shifted online. They have shared Thanksgiving dinner, Galentine’s Day brunch and celebrated Kiara’s birthday over Zoom.
Unfortunately, while FM Café is on hold due to gathering size restrictions and the 2021 fundraising ball has been cancelled, these women are looking forward to getting together again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, their friendship continues to grow and their connections have provided important virtual touchpoints during the pandemic lockdowns.