Fashion Show & Art Sale to Support Chelton Loft
More than 70 supporters applauded members of Fedcap’s Chelton Loft as they modeled business attire at last night’s fashion and art fundraiser.
Eleven Loft members modeled work-related outfits each had chosen from Bottomless Closet or CareerGear, which donates gently used business clothing to those in need. The event also was supported by nycTIES, the young professionals group that chose Fedcap as its 2012 charity partner.
In addition to the fashion show, artworks created by several Loft members were sold in a silent auction, with proceeds going to the artists and the Loft.
Guests learned about the Loft’s innovative model of helping adults live productively with mental illness. They also dined on grilled shrimp, chicken skewers with a red pepper aioli, crab cakes with a lemon herb dipping sauce and bacon-wrapped scallops created and served by students with disabilities who study Culinary Arts in Fedcap’s Career Design School.
Chelton Loft helps people with mental health issues negotiate challenges in healthcare, housing and employment. Each Loft member maps out his or her own path to recovery – the Loft has no pre-set or group programs. Loft membership is free for life, and open to New York City residents 18 and over with diagnosed mental illness (which can be co-occurring). About half of today’s 110 active Loft members are or have been homeless, and about 25 percent are working part- or full-time for a Fedcap business or in the community.