Lived It – Left It – Learned From It…Now Learning to Help Others
The Power of Shoes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on making a measurable difference in the fight to end abuse and in the lives of those affected. Through our various networking and social events, Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes and My Storybook Shoes, we raise awareness and promote change for victims, survivors, and their families by creating and holding social events to raise money and receive donations to help other programs in the local areas and individuals suffering from abuse. 100% of all monetary donations go to benefit families of abuse.
When individuals contact SWWLS we hold their hand through the process, from calling in the middle of the night to find an empty bed in a local shelter, finding a dentist to donate their time to fix a person mouth after physical abuse, finding a used car and or furniture, to giving them clothing, shoes, etc.
Our Founder’s Story
Dianne Samoff, our founder and CEO, established the organization in 2005. As a philanthropist, and entrepreneur is her passion to inspire women, children, and men to live the best lives they can. She has made it her mission to give back.
After enduring 10 years of domestic violence during her first marriage, Dianne finally escaped the cycle of abuse with her four children. When she escaped her abusive relationship, she was given a suit and a pair of red heels to wear to a job interview. These shoes and clothes gave her a sense of pride and hope, knowing that she was moving forward into a better future.
Since then, Dianne has felt the need to inspire others who have gone through similar experiences. She created a charity that brings hope and a renewed sense of self-esteem to victims of abuse.
Dianne has made it her life goal to help raise awareness and become an advocate for ending the tolerance of abuse. While collecting and donating new and gently used shoes and clothing is only a small part of the initiatives, these items are what bring us all together. We view shoes as a reminder that taking a step towards something is how changes happen.
Since our inception, The Power of Shoes has established several chapters of the Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes. We have also expanded our scope and focus to include abused children through My Storybook Shoes.
“We all know that when a woman feels like a woman, there is POWER!”
–Dianne Samoff, Founder
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