Last Thursday night, in the midst of what meteorologists warned would be the beginnings of the storm of the century, RP/6 opened its doors for two exciting events: the RP/6 Transition Summit Open House and the launch of 12th Woman, a support and mentorship program for transitioning service members.
12th Woman was developed by Angela Collins, an Air Force veteran, during her Frontline Families AmeriCorps service term at RP/6. The group’s mission is to create a community of support for those who have served. It brings together a diverse group of individuals, both veteran and civilian, who offer coaching and mentoring to transitioning service members.
“12th Woman is the essence of building bridges,” said Angela. “It is about veterans and civilians coming together to celebrate and understand our strengths and diversity.”
On Thursday evening, new members had the opportunity to learn about the program, introduce themselves, and enjoy a presentation from civilian supporter, Renata Dunkle. Renata is the owner of RepurposeWear, an upscale shop of gently used new and vintage clothing in Lakewood. Through her business, she also accepts donations and delivers them to local organizations, including Western State Hospital, LASA, and Springbrook Connections, to name a few. Renata specializes in assisting individuals with redesigning and celebrating their identity. As a member of 12th Woman, she will encourage members to focus on their health and well-being as they transition from military to civilian life. She spoke to the group about the importance of embracing the opportunity for reinvention, and offered support along the way.
Attendees were also treated to a raffle, as Renata generously gave away 4 gift certificates and 3 pieces of clothing to those in attendance.
As the meeting came to a close, new members lingered to continue discussing their own personal paths and their excitement about the group. “It was inspiring to see that despite the threatening weather, so many individuals were able to come to RP/6 and find a place for themselves in the group,” said Angela. “I can’t wait for all of the amazing relationships that will come from our future meetings and events.”
To learn more about 12th Woman, visit the group’s Lean In page here.