The Women’s Center of Tarrant County hosted the women of Alpha Chi Omega sorority to hold their first ever My Journey retreat.
The retreat involved tours of the Women’s Center facilities that were newly renovated, workshops for each grade level, lunch catered from Pulido’s and a guest speaker, Kalyn Baldwin from Alumni Relations at TCU, who spoke about social media practices.
Megan Sjulin, Vice President of Membership Programming for Alpha Chi Omega, said the purpose of the My Journey retreat was to bring the entire chapter together and learn more about each other.
The My Journey retreat is a six-part program, said Kaitlin Bednarz, the chapter president of Alpha Chi Omega. Three will be done each semester.
The workshops will improve relationships and boost the confidence of the women in the chapter, Sjulin said.
Members of Alpha Chi also toured the facility and saw where the money raised in their annual spring fashion show goes.
Sjulin said last year the chapter raised over $46,000.
“This money can pay for one social worker at the Women’s Center’s salary. The money has gone directly to the women that work there and even helped with the building of the new center,” she said.
Bednarz said the chapter was volunteering at the Women's Center because the organization's focus on domestic violence aligns with Alpha Chi Omega's philanthropy.
"[Our philanthropy] is really, really special and close to our hearts and so we decided to do it here and learn more about our philanthropy," she said. "We can talk about the community and learn how to get more involved."
Members of Alpha Chi were allowed special permission from the Women’s Center, Bednarz said.
Nadia DiStefano, the volunteer coordinator at the Fort Worth Women’s Center, said the employees at the Women’s Center are always grateful for what the women of Alpha Chi Omega do for them.
“We love them. We couldn’t do our work without them,” DiStefano said.
This year's fashion show is scheduled for Feb. 24.