One of the newest additions to the Allmost family is the non-profit Sister Support. Founded 10 years ago in Pittsburgh, by Dr. Kathleen Hartford, Sister Support’s mission is empower women, female entrepreneurs, help artists reach their greatest potential and elevate marginalized voices by pooling resources and rallying their community.
Natalie Patterson, President of the organization, became part of the Sister Support family through Hartford’s daughter and founding board member, Khalehla Rixon. Natalie now leads a dynamic group of board members as they continue to grow their reach and impact throughout Los Angeles. Sister Support relocated to Allmost in November after 3 years in Pasadena. They plan on using the space as a more centralized Los Angeles headquarters to encourage involvement from both east and westside Angelinos. Since Allmost is a collaborative space, bustling with creative energy, they plan on immersing themselves in the community and servicing their fellow studio members.
A major component of community involvement is hosting and planning events, which now take place in their new home here at Allmost. They feel that women are not often given the time and space to process the world and their experiences, and they hope to provide authentic space for healing and decompression. “Full Circle” is a poignant example of what it means to create space in this way - inviting one seemingly ordinary person to answer fifteen of life’s biggest questions before a live audience. Within two weeks of inception, the idea became an event attended by 100 women. But that's just how Sister Support operates; sparking ideas and mobilizing quickly towards their goals.
Functioning as a bridge organization - Sister Support forges collaborative partnerships between those who have resources and those who need them; creating a working relationship where money is irrelevant. They mobilize their community and pool resources to achieve goals and rally behind the women in their circle. Sister Support’s programming is inspired by the women they work with and responds to the needs and requests of the community and is always fun, fascinating, and in your face. In addition to “Full Circle” the organization has hosted a wellness fair, clothing swap, book releases, cocktail parties and more.
Inline with their mission and representative of their audience, Sister Support is run by a board of six women from diverse backgrounds. They are PhDs, writers, marketing and finance professionals. They believe that everyone has value to contribute regardless of gender, class, race, education etc. and they are committed to putting that value to work.