On the wall behind her desk, Dena Ferone displays a plaque that reads, “Smile, Sparkle, and Shine.” Dena exudes that slogan while working to impart those same qualities in the clients she works with and within the local community.
Dena’s involvement in the local community runs deep; serving on the Ducktown Neighborhood Executive Committee, Atlantic County Hoarding Task Force Executive Committee and is one of the Co-Founders of a new initiative, Closet of Hope. Closet of Hope is a collaboration between a committed group of AC residents to bring professional, business clothing and items to those seeking or re-entering the workforce.
“As someone who lives and works in Atlantic City, I feel a strong desire to give back to the local community,” states Dena. “Unemployment has been a serious issue within our city, so Closet of Hope is a vital resource for those who are working to get back out there.”
The space for Closet of Hope is to be located within Saint Micheal’s Church, and in collaboration with Atlantic City Family Success Centers and other employment supports within the city, the initiative will help clothe those who have interviews, new jobs and other employment-related activities to pursue. “Closet of Hope is such an important and needed resource within our city, and I am honored to be a part of it.”
Through her various initiatives, Dena’s hope is that everyone in Atlantic City and in the local area can become impacted by the mantra that hangs on her wall.
-John “Yonk” Rosnick