Time for Change to Host 21st Anniversary Celebration
Compassion, not to be confused with pity, always goes that extra mile and usually includes an action clause, something that Time for Change Foundation has become known for in helping domestic violence survivors, formerly incarcerated women and low-income mothers who have gone down the harder roads of life.
On Friday, April 14, the community will come out in celebration of their program’s success for an evening of sparkle and shine at their premier social event of the year. The annual masquerade-themed gala also pays homage to like-minded local advocates who exemplify what it means to have a heart.
Award recipient Dr. Eliz Dowdy recalls first meeting Kim Carter, the founder of Time for Change, decades ago, and hearing her vision for the programming, about her plans to reach women and moms in trouble.
Where others saw them as a problem in society, Carter saw the solution.
“Anytime you reach out to others from a genuine point of caring, it is a form of compassion. Having lived through the horrors of incarceration, and all the stigma it attracts, especially for Black and Brown women – it has really brought out that tree of life,” said Dr. Dowdy, founder and Pastor of Lion of Judah Worship Center.
Dr. Dowdy, also owner and operator of Eliz’ Elegant Apparel, is being recognized with the Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award.
Other award recipients include Webb Family Enterprises with the Community Champion Award; Hilda Kennedy, president and founder of AmPac Tri State CDC with the Nancy Varner Angel Award; the Latino Community Foundation with the Courageous Philanthropy Award and Kat Taylor, social, racial, gender and environmental advocate, with the Humanitarian Award.
The event, which requires registration, runs from 6:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport.