Spotlight on Charity: PACE Center for Girls

For those new to the neighborhood and not familiar with one of our charities, PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based, nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention, and diversion services for girls and young women of middle and high school age. PACE uses a comprehensive and holistic model that integrates social services, education and career readiness in a safe, gender-responsive environment that reflects an understanding of the lives of girls, and responds to their strengths and challenges.

The mission is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

There are many volunteer opportunities at the center. However our main focus is on Mrs. Mary’s Boutique. Since the girls come from low-income homes, Mrs. Mary’s Boutique provides a way for the girls to “buy” items with points they’ve earned through grades, good deeds, and class attendance. Mrs. Mary’s Boutique occurs generally every six weeks. Donations needed are age appropriate clothing, shoes, purses, accessories such as jewelry, nail polish, and toiletries. Please note that these items are for teenagers.

Pulling off Mrs. Mary’s Boutique is a BIG undertaking. Wednesday is spent setting up, sorting and organizing the many donated items. Thursday is shopping day and volunteers help the girls pick out items and ready them to be taken home. The items left need to be packed and put away. Volunteers are always needed for these two days.

The DWA has graciously donated $1,500 to this wonderful organization. With these funds we have purchased bras for 70 girls who were sized and fitted at J.C. Penney. We are purchasing two needed folding tables for the Boutique and 10 tubs to hold some clothing for storage. We will also be purchasing underwear for the young girls.

Thank you to all who have donated time and items to this great charity. If you are interested in volunteering or have items to donate, please contact Vicki Khan, PACE Center for Girls DWA Charity Chair at 923-3538 or