Carla’s Closet to Help Homeless Students Attend Prom

More than 6,000 homeless students attend Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools. Like their peers, they want to hang out with friends, participate in extracurricular activities, and attend school functions such as prom. Unfortunately, many of these students can’t attend prom because they lack the financial resources to purchase a dress and shoes.

Carla’s Closet, a program of This Woman’s Work, will host a Prom Dress Drive on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 1–3 PM at One Delta Plaza (3333 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77021). The organization is seeking gowns/dresses, shoes, accessories, jewelry, gift cards and other related items. Proceeds from the event will benefit underserved high school aged girls.

This Woman’s Work will again partner with Wanda Adams, Trustee District IX who was the catalyst for the Drive in 2017 and the HISD Homeless Education Project Prom Program.

“Project Prom is an annual initiative created to meet the needs of homeless students during the prom season,” says Adam. “They work in collaboration with various agencies to provide free prom dresses, tuxedo and shoe rentals, and accessories to hundreds of homeless and at-risk high school seniors planning to attend their prom.” The event on April 7, 2018 will include motivational speakers, college and career resources, and other information.

“We have looked forward to hosting this event for the last year. It was such a success last year to be able to collect over 300 dresses, 100 pairs of shoes and so many accessories and related items to support girls. People from all walks of life made their way to Gite Gallery and really showed the heart of Houston. After Harvey, we will need this same type of support even more.”

Let us know when you plan to bring an item by registering for this FREE event at You can also email us at if you want to make other arrangements to drop your dress.

This Woman’s Work, founded by Carla Lane, President & CEO of Lane Staffing, the largest minority woman-owned employment solution in the Southwest is an IRS approved non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. It is committed to: Gender Equality, Empowerment, Education, Employment, and Diversity & Fellowship and is an advocate for women’s empowerment. For more information, to volunteer or to donate visit