A special event for women who are not homeless but in transition from sex trafficking, transitional living and abuse. Queen participants must have been clean and sober for 30 days, and involved in some type of helping or recovery program, the women who participate are primed for success. Over 100 women a year complete the Queen program. But this doesn’t begin to reflect the inertia of this 17-year old institution, with women from prior generations of Queen continuing to play a role.
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Known as Queen to the women who have been through the program and its supporters, it includes an image and spiritual makeover with computer, presentation, interviewing skills and even new work outfits. The ladies enjoy a make-up consult, manicure and receive hygiene skills training. Even after the event, the ladies are encouraged to stay engaged in the program to reinforce the skills learned and pass on what they have received from their participation in the program. Queen is a multi-generational program of empowered women who then opt to share the same empowering message with the next generation.
During one of the recent Queen 2-day events, Everett Herald reporter Julie Muhlstein discovered many stories of success and redemption. Amongst those, two stories stood out for her.
“It’s kind of a new start,” said Angelyn Broman, 23, who is in recovery after chemical dependency treatment at Everett’s Evergreen Manor. Broman, of Everett, had a big smile as stylist Peter McGinnis snipped her blonde hair into a professional-looking bob. “If you’re having trouble with drug use or alcohol, get the help,” Broman said. “Being clean and sober is so much better than hiding.”
Cherie Vandegrift also was having her shoulder-length hair trimmed. The 49-year-old now lives at Hope Place, a transitional housing complex operated by the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle. After a year in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, Vandegrift recently marked another big achievement. On Aug. 9, she summited Mount Rainier as part of a Union Gospel Mission climb team. “We trained a long time,” said Vandegrift, who counts divorce and depression as contributors to her battle with addiction.