Penelope's Stories is committed to helping women gain independence and strengthen their communities through education, wellness, and trade.
We do this through product development and sourcing, charitable contributions from every sale, and community work teaching yoga, breathing and meditation.
Penelope's Stories donates 10% of sales to Grace Outreach. Elise additionally contributes to Grace Outreach as an active supporter and Board Member.
Grace Outreach works with women to further their educational goals and gain financial independence through high school equivalency, college, career, and scholars programs.
Founded in 2004, Grace Outreach serves low-income women of all ages who seek to enhance their academic skills, pursue higher education and find employment. They began primarily as a GED education center, but have grown into a successful larger organization offering classes, training, and academics for the equivalency test (now called the TASC), a college program assisting that works with students to start and graduate from college, and a full array of career services and events. With ongoing support, hundreds of women have earned their equivalency diplomas and moved on to higher educational goals, better career opportunities, and financial independence.
Other Foundations that we support:
As a yoga teacher, Elise also donates time to teach for Exhale to Inhale.
Using yoga as a foundation, Exhale to Inhale employs movement, breath work, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to empower survivors to heal. People ask us, “why yoga?” Our answer, is that the resources gained through yoga are at the very foundation of our lives - the ability to breathe, to gain physical and emotional strength, and to make healthy life choices …
Elise supports Women for Women through their sister program and is a grass roots ambassador.
Women for Women brings women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills. Once enrolled, each receives a monthly stipend – a vital support that enables her to participate. Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in-demand. They learn about their legal rights, and they become knowledgeable about health and nutrition. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities.
With more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience working with women in countries affected by conflict, Women for Women International understands that a comprehensive program addressing the social and economic empowerment of marginalized women is the most effective approach.