During the shopping trip, Suzanne generously purchased dresses for each of our young women who wanted to attend prom.
And when prom night came around, it lifted the spirits of all the girls at Mercy Home—not just those attending.
“Monti said that the younger kids were really kind of excited because they got to see the older kids get dressed up and taking pictures and having their hair done and makeup done and having their beautiful dresses on right before they left for prom,” she said. “So, the younger kids were all excited hoping they would have that opportunity as well.”
After hearing that, Suzanne knew that this couldn’t be a one-time thing—and after around 15 years of shopping with our girls for prom dresses, it’s become a Mercy Home tradition.
Every spring, Suzanne, Monti, and the current program manager of the older girls’ home, Gewanda Monroe, take our young women to a dress shop to try on and choose their prom dress.
“The girls try on as many dresses as it takes to find the one, and it’s exciting because they have all the other girls to chime in,” Suzanne said.
After the girls choose their dresses, Suzanne then treats everyone to lunch and they “talk about whatever [the girls] want to talk about.”
This shopping trip is a memorable event for all our young women, and they enjoy spending time with each other and helping the other girls choose the perfect dress. This year, Suzanne took eight of our kids shopping. Tashe’ara, who was one of them, said that she initially was overwhelmed by the number of dresses she had to choose from, but eventually found the perfect dress.
“It was a nice experience seeing everyone’s faces, their reaction, to the dress I picked,” she said.
The girls weren’t afraid to try on as many dresses as it took—Julia tried on five and Mia tried on eight before finding the one. All of them left excited about their choice.