9/28/2010, 10:23 p.m.
Ben Affleck speaks at the screening of...
Ben Affleck speaks at the screening of “The Town.” Pebbles

How do you measure the program in terms of success?

When a woman leaves the program and doesn’t graduate (it’s about 10 percent of the program), some of the women call back and say they realize the opportunity that they had. We do give them the tools whether they’re in the program for a week or two years. [They] need financial and emotional support to help them change their lives.  Each family comes to us with a special need.  It’s not a cookie cutter program. The needs are tailored to each mother and child. That’s what’s special about Jaden’s Ladder.  At the end of two years they graduate. We focus on getting them education and working on themselves. 

What are the ways that someone can get involved?

The volunteers that we need are to help get the word out to more survivors and donors, and of course monetary donations. [They also accept gifts of goods and services.]  

Jaden’s Ladder is named after her son Jaden and the name “Jaden’s Ladder” was selected for two reasons. First, Jaden means “God has heard.” They believe the name “Jaden” highlights their commitment to mankind, helping those in need in times of trouble. The word “Ladder” represents climbing to new heights and reaching one’s goals, in this case, breaking the cycle of domestic violence, becoming an active member of the community and reaching new personal milestones.

To find out more about Jaden’s Ladder, visit www.jadensladder.org.

SG Fashion’s, Inc.

Fashion week is in full swing with shows and parties all around the city. I went to the launch of the official viewing of SG (SG stands for Shanna Gall, the designer) Fashion’s 2011 collection in the State Room at 60 State St., where the view of the city was absolutely breathtaking.

The collection pays homage to styles from the Victorian and Flapper Era with a modern day twist. One of my favorite designs that just seemed to float down the runway, was a beautiful black intricately designed strapless gown.

Gall’s collection features long colorful gowns to cocktail dresses that are fun and flirty. The Boston-born designer was inspired by how fashion has played a major role in the perception of beauty, social status and female rights and freedom.

From her debut, she partnered with a program called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, which is part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. The fashion show was called F.R.E.E., an acronym for Fashion Reminds Everyone to Evolve, and watching the show just reminded me that fashion is fun, romantic and flirty and that it can inspire you to take chances, be daring and bold. 

Coming Up…

Tonight, the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club presents its 2nd Annual Comedy Show at Showcase Live at 8 p.m. featuring the comedic stylings of Joe Wong, Kelly MacFarland, Lamont Price and Dave Russo.

The House of Blues presents Mos Def and Talib Kweli, formerly of Black Star, perform together on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Banner Publications, Inc. and Huntington Theatre Company host Exhale Magazine’s launch party celebrating its Fall Issue this Monday, Oct. 4 at the Calderwood Pavilion. The event is free but space is limited.  

RandB singer Eric Benet at Showcase Live on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The Roxbury International Film Festival and Boston University present “An Evening with Spike Lee” at the George Sherman Union Metcalf Hall from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (located at 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor on the campus of Boston University).  The event is free and open to the public.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Coming to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre is Shaquille O’Neal Presents The All-Star Comedy Jam on Saturday, Oct. 9 featuring Aries Spears, DeRay Davis, Corey Holcomb and Michael Blackson.

On Oct. 14, Grammy-nominated international recording artists Les Nubians headline a CD release concert at the Middle East Downstairs in Central Square, Cambridge.

The 23rd Annual Steppin’ Out for Dimock Gala, featuring Eddie Palmieri, Walter Beasley, Rachael Price, Maysa and more will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Westin Copley Place.

If you would like me to cover or write about your event, e-mail me at inthemixwithcolette@gmail.com.