Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN)  38th Annual Black History Month Celebration
5:00 PM17:00

Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN) 38th Annual Black History Month Celebration

It is with great excitement that we announce the Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN) has selected Bags to Butterflies as a 2019 honoree.

Bags to Butterflies will be presented with the 2019 Community Service Award at FAAN's 38th annual Black History Month celebration and award ceremony on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan at 6:00 pm.

FAAN’s Community Service Awards are presented annually in recognition of leadership, dedication, and commitment to our community.

Come join us as we celebrate Bags to Butterflies for our efforts in making change in our community by empowering formerly incarcerated women with transitional employment, resources and a caring network on their journey to success after incarceration!

Let Go. Live Life. FLY!

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Michigan State University - Student Documentary & Panel Discussion for Bags to Butterflies
6:00 PM18:00

Michigan State University - Student Documentary & Panel Discussion for Bags to Butterflies

  • Michigan State University - Detroit (map)
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Last summer, an amazing group of journalism students from Michigan State University documented the stories of three women from Bags to Butterfly’s transitional employment program; all were sentenced to life in prison and served 34, 41 and 44 years behind bars! The Michigan State student documentary on Bags to Butterflies will be shown on Friday, Feb. 1 at Michigan State University Detroit. There will also be a panel discussion; you'll get the hear from all of the ladies.

Oh, don't forget to register; it's free!…

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Bags To Butterflies "Hello Butterfly Collection" Launch
5:30 PM17:30

Bags To Butterflies "Hello Butterfly Collection" Launch

You are cordially invited to the launch of our brand new collection, Hello Butterfly, featuring one-of-a-kind clutch purses. Stop by and meet the Bags To Butterflies team on Friday, July 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Artloft Midtown, 4160 Cass Ave., Detroit. The Hello Butterfly Collection will be sold exclusively at Artloft.

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10:00 AM10:00

Finding Your Voice

Bags To Butterflies founder, Michelle Smart, will be one of the guest speakers at "Finding Your Voice" presented by the Detroit Women's Chorus and Wayne State University Women's Chorale.

Wayne State University - Old Main Building
480 Hancock Street
Detroit, Michigan

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Women Make It In Michigan
10:00 AM10:00

Women Make It In Michigan

Bags To Butterflies founder, Michelle Smart, will be among four amazing women entrepreneurs and their team of makers this Saturday The Henry Ford from 10am - 3pm! At this interactive marketplace, kids and adults will meet the makers, learn about their entrepreneurial journey, see their design process up close, and have the chance to purchase their wares and goods. Come meet Joanne Ewald from Mend On The Move, Ashlee Trempus from SignOn, Nicole Fleming from Garden Outside The Box, and Michelle Smart from Bags To Butterflies . We'll be spotlighting each of these social enterprises and organizations this week, so check back, and we'll see you this Saturday! 

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8:30 AM08:30

"Empowered To Change" Job Fair & Expo for Female Returning Citizens

Event Description

The “Empowered To Change" Job Fair & Expo is a community initiative that will bring together hiring professionals from companies throughout metro Detroit as well as feature an expo aimed at linking female returning citizens (and women in general) with information that will positively impact their lives.

The Expo will offer workshops covering topics such as: 

  • From Jail, To A Job - Three days after being released from prison, Lynell Desdunes, Sr. landed a job with a Judge in the Criminal District Court.  He is currently in his second year of law school and was recently appointed Administrative Hearing Officer at Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans, Louisiana. Desdunes will share how he went from jail, to a job!

  • Financial Matters - managing a budget in challenging times 

  • Vision for Tomorrow - creating a vision board to your future

  • Handbag Workshop - create your very on Bags To Butterflies handbag at a fraction of the regurlar price. (There is a fee for this workshop).

It is sure to be an empowering day! The event is FREE.

After the job fair and expo, join us for the "Empowered to Change" Charity Dinner with special guest, Shawn Blanchard.   As part of our "people giving to people, so they can give to others" initiative, Bags To Butterflies will be presenting a donation to The Pink Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to women with breast cancer.  Click here for more information.

Sponsored by: Prison Fellowship Ministries

Supported by:  Greater Grace Temple Prison Ministry, B.W.A.R.E., Health Alliance Plan (HAP), The Salvation Army, Tri-County Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCCP), Simply Elegant Events

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