Little Black Dress Initiative  

The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an advocacy event that seeks to raise community awareness to the issue of poverty in Arizona. Throughout the week of  May 31st  – June 6th, 2021, LBDI Advocates will wear the same little black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence, and the professional opportunities.  

 Dress: The little black dress is a visual representation of the lack of opportunity for women and families living in poverty. 

· Button: Wearing the button that reads “Ask me about my Dress,” invites dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness around poverty and the impact on families.  


About Hope’s Crossing

Living in poverty is most often thought of as low income, working poor, and lack of access to financial resources. While all of that is true, poverty expands beyond income and cross the threshold of our emotional and mental health, cultural poverty, and that of our belief systems passed down through generations. Diminishing barriers for women at the various levels of poverty restores their sense of hope, rebuilds families, and creates thriving and sustainable communities.

Hope’s Crossing is participating in the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) aimed to bring awareness to the effects of poverty on women and families. During this week-long campaign, Hope’s Crossing will be fundraising to expand programs that will combat the impact on women experiencing all level of poverty. Our programs and services are designed to build self -confidence, self-esteem, and arm them with the life skills and training necessary to become contributing members of our community.




What is the Little Black Dress?

Domestic violence and poverty are both part of many people’s lives all over the world, regardless of the culture or background. However, some social demographics are more likely to experience domestic violence on a daily basis that others and poverty is one of the areas that has an impact. 

 With 14.2 % of the female population in Arizona living in poverty, families are struggling to access all the resources necessary to live healthy and productive lives.  We must extend our Hand of Hope to help families access education, employment, safe and affordable housing, and most importantly physical and mental health services.  Lock arms with Hope’s Crossing to ensure there will be No Woman Left Behind.

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Join the Challenge and help us raise funds.

How To Get Involved!

Hope’s Crossing is seeking LBDI advocates that are interested in participating in the week-long virtual event as team leaders and members that will participate in this online awareness and fundraising event. Check out our campaign page: HC Little Black Dress Initiative 2020.

For additional details, please contact Laura Bulluck@602.795.8098 or

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