2019 Dare to Dream Grantees
The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center (FRWRC) announced its 2019 Dare to Dream grant recipients and Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship recipient at an annual breakfast celebration at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The FRWRC awarded a total of $7,500 in grant and scholarship money to nine local women, all with goals and dreams to better their lives, the lives of their families and the lives of other women in the community.
View Press Release here - 2019 D2D Press Release
Photography courtesy of Franzi Lee Photography
(From right to left….Michelle Hamer, Brittany Welch, Rhiannon Linfeld, Kate Fristoe, Renee McDaniel Flowers, Megan Grove, Dian DiPasquale, Kimmee Hancock)
Renee McDaniel Flowers
2019 Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship
Renee has worked in the mental health field for 21 years. She began work at the domestic violence shelter followed by 18 years at Northwestern Community Services. She recently quit her job to return to college to pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Renee just finished the first semester towards her master’s in a three-year program at Eastern Mennonite University. Her goal is to become a licensed professional counselor offering therapy services for individuals, couples and families. Her plan is to integrate her practice with yoga therapy, nutritional counseling and other holistic services. She believes in the mind-body-spirit approach to wellness. Renee was awarded $1,500 Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship grant to help with the costs of books and tuition for the 2019 summer semester.
Brittany is a single mother of two boys. She has worked as a Medical Assistant for ten years. Her lifelong dream has been to become a nurse. She is currently in the R.N. program at LFCC. She is a full-time student with two class days and two-three clinical days. This puts a huge strain on the family’s financial situation. Obtaining her degree and advancing her career will allow her to be financially stable and selfsufficient. Brittany was awarded a $1000 Dare to Dream grant to help with the school expenses.
Maggie and her family moved into their home 1.5 years ago and started composting with worms. She began with 2,000 worms and now has 30,000 which produce worm castings (Black Gold) every three months. Maggie has developed packaging to sell the worm castings as well as made contacts to sell her product locally. Her dream is to be able to sell her product year-round both on-site and in local small businesses. Maggie was awarded a $500 Dare to Dream grant to help expand her business by upgrading the insulation and heat where the worms live in order to create conditions, they can inhabit year-round.
Rhiannon is an ambitious young woman who has struggled many years to care for the health needs of her spouse, her mother and herself. She had to put her dreams on the back-burner while she worked to get healthier as well as find work that would give her a flexible enough schedule so she could care for her mother. Her situation led her to start her pet-sitting business in her community. The reviews on the Facebook page for her business, Misty Mountain Pet Sitting, speak to how highly her clients regard her care for their animals. She is praised for her reliability, her ethics and her going above and beyond in her connection with their pets. Rhiannon was awarded a $750 Dare To Dream grant to help further her business and expand her client base including the development of promotional materials and a professional website.
Kimberly “Kimmee” Hancock
Kimmee is a 1990 graduate of Warren County High School and has been a small business owner of a web and graphic design company, Kismet Designs, which she started in 2001 in Texas. Kimmee has expanded her business locally since returning to Front Royal while also serving as the primary caregiver for her 22-year-old disabled son. In 2018 she built a new, updated website for the Front Royal CCAP. She volunteers with the Warren County Fair Association to help their marketing efforts. Kimmee was awarded a $1000 Front Royal Rotary Dare To Dream grant to help her grow her business by upgrading her equipment as well as taking a certification class through Constant Contact.
Michelle is a recently divorced mother of three children ages 14, 6 and 4. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2016 and opened her first studio space in July 2018. Her business grew rapidly, and she moved to a larger space on Main Street in December 2018. This is the only yoga studio dedicated to yoga in town. Michelle is passionate about teaching yoga. Michelle was awarded a $500 Dare To Dream grant to purchase more yoga props in order to help her students receive the full benefits of the yoga practice. Click link for more information about Michelle's yoga studio - www.wildfireyoga.org
Megan Nicole “Nikki” Grove
Nikki is a single mother to a 7-year-old daughter. She has been a Med Tech for 18 years. She currently works at an assisted living center in Bentonville where she works 48+ hours a week. Nikki is passionate about her work caring for the elderly and wishes to advance her skills in the field. She also dreams of instilling the values of love and compassion to her young daughter. Nikki is currently in the R.N. program at LFCC although she struggles to pay for classes and school supplies. Nikki was awarded a $1000 Dare to Dream grant to support her college costs.
Katie is married with four children. Her family background is in the arts and she has pursued her path as an artist for the last ten years. In 2016 she began to screen print and create apparel of her designs. Her dream is to “share beautiful things with the world through design and illustration”. Kate recently developed her T-shirt business which has quickly taken off on social media. She designed and printed spirit shirts for Ressie Jeffries. The positive reaction to them was overwhelming. Kate was awarded a $750 Dare To Dream Grant to fund start- up costs and supply stock in order to grow her business and keep up with the demand for her beautiful and high-quality creative apparel. Check out her art on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/artbykatefristoe/
Dian and her spouse of 47 years started their business, Front Royal Premier Copiers, in 2014. Their business services all makes and models of copiers. Their tagline is Service, Sales, Solutions and Supplies and provides services to many small businesses in the area. The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce awarded Premier Copiers the 2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year award. Dian was awarded a $500 Dare to Dream grant to support Quick Books training which will help grow the vendor side of her business and help her provide better service to her customers. Website: www.frpremiercopiers.com