The International Women's Day Breakfast with key note speech by Martha Flores was a great success this morning. Three hundred people attended, and a number of those are staying for her workshop, which she is doing as I write. Every one was happy and inspired by the speech and loved the artwork. The theme of the healing power of art and the focus on the healing of broken lives and helping children in stress and poverty to feel good about themselves and have hope and inspiration for their own lives were central to the message of the talk and of the mission of the Bruce Transitional Housing Center and Women's Resource Center which sponsored the event. When she recited her poetry it seemed that all were riveted and inspired. The pictures of the kids at the Bruce Transitional Housing who were able to do art work with Martha was very special. And, seeing some of the children's artwork right alongside Martha's was a treat as well. Additionally, there were so many people there that were instrumental in putting this together, that the list would too long for this post. But a special thank you goes out to Tanya Bradford of the Women’s Resource Center who put so much time in coordinating this event. All in all a good day for the community and especially for all the women and children who benefit from what WRC and The Bruce have to offer. And, to the young women who shared her personal story of recovery and the renewal of life she experienced at the Bruce, good luck and may your progress continue forward.