Desert Sun Article – Live Your Dream Awards 2020
Every year, Soroptimist organizations distribute more than $2.6 million in education grants to approximately 1,700 women around the world. One local chapter, Soroptimist International of Palm Desert, is celebrating 53 years of service and for 35 of those years has been sponsoring two residential facilities here in the Coachella Valley to help women adjust and move on after dealing with substance abuse. On Wednesday, March 4, 2020Desert the organization held its annual Live Your Dream Awards at Classic Club in Palm Desert.
More than half of the award recipients over the years have been survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault, while nearly all of the women and families they serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction.
Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash prize to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare, tuition and transportation. Local Soroptimist Director Becky Goebel said that girls whose mothers are educated are more likely to get better paying jobs, increasing their financial contributions to their families.
Julie Hare is a single mother in her 40s who’s supporting 6-year-old twin boys and living the dream by attending nursing school and following her passion for helping others. Sofia Lopez was also awarded a grant, and as a single mother of three children under the age of 12, the money will be a huge help in her pursuit of a career in counseling .
A representative from the office of Palm Desert Mayor Susan Marie Weber presented both women with a proclamation, which was followed by a Senate certificate from the office of Senator Jeff Stone and finally a Certificate From Congress presented by the office of Raul Ruiz.
Goebel says 10 young ladies will receive grants at their upcoming spring conference and the amount given will be a substantial help on their quest for further education.
Carole Stephen-Smith has lived in the desert for more than 30 years. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she began writing in London and has been a regular contributor to The Desert Sun for five years.
Live Your Dream Awards