Dignity for Divas (DfD)
Founder and Director, Nikki Gane, started Dignity for Divas (DfD) in 2012. Inspired by her own experience with homelessness, Nikki felt moved to help other vulnerable women during a frightening and devastating time in their lives. Originating in Seattle, DfD currently operates in Everett, Kent, Renton, Tacoma, and Bellevue. Between 2012 and 2017, DfD successfully delivered over 30,000 essential care packages, called Diva Survival Kits, as part of its monthly Diva Duty program that targets women living on the streets in these cities. More than 100 care packages have been delivered through DfD programming that targets women who have made the transition from the streets to temporary and/or low-income permanent housing. This noble effort has been made possible with the help of volunteers, in-kind donations, and community and business partnerships.
Dignity for Divas believes self-care is the first step on the road to stability and self-sufficiency. By providing essential care packages to women experiencing homelessness, DfD helps them restore their dignity, reminds them that they matter, and reconnects them with their inner diva. This puts them in a better position, both emotionally and mentally, to successfully transition out of homelessness.
DfD provides ongoing support throughout this journey. In addition to providing essential care packages to women who are homeless, in emergency shelters, and living in encampments, we deliver home essential kits to women who have recently secured housing and offer several classes and workshops in computer job training, financial literacy, goal setting, health and wellness, and beauty. DfD weaves the message of self-care into all its programming, thereby taking a personal and holistic approach to fighting homelessness.