'Girl D' reaches community with flair for fashion in Arc of St. Charles work – NOLA.com (weblog)

"Girl D" leaves an impression on virtually everybody who walks in the doorways of the Cajun Village Thrift Store in Luling. She is straightforward to get to know, knowledgable, and has a flair for fashion.

She is Darlene Jackson, nicknamed "Girl D," by Victoria Bryant, government director of the Arc of St. Charles.

Jackson is one of the employees on the retailer, which is run by and advantages Arc. However again when Bryant met Jackson in 1994, Jackson was simply an Arc consumer discovering her manner.

"She would all the time praise my garments or coiffure," Bryant stated.

Jackson, a particular wants grownup, loves to buy and take a look at new hairdos. She retains up with all the latest developments.

"She is just not excessive, however choosy about issues that she likes and outspoken about issues she doesn't like," Bryant stated. "She was all the time so sassy and assured in herself that we might take a look at her outfit or sneakers or jewellery day-after-day, which is why I started calling her 'Girl D.'"

However Jackson doesn't draw consideration to herself. She's not flashy, reasonably, she's largely conservative. She tells different Arc purchasers how she put her outfits collectively, the place she went purchasing, or how her hairstylist did not reduce her hair accurately.

As a result of of that, "All of us knew that such a fashionista wanted to earn a living," Bryant stated.

"Girl D," Darlene Jackson, prepares for the grand opening of the Cajun Village Thrift Retailer in Luling. The Arc of St. Charles retailer not too long ago relocated to 114 Lakewood Drive in Luling. 

For a few years, Jackson labored with the janitorial crew. She knew all the roles and what was required for every contract.

But it surely wasn't her ardour.

She would say to Bryant, "I could possibly be doing one thing else moreover cleansing as a result of I prefer to look good."

Jackson had her eye on a brand new profession. The transition wasn't straightforward, however her mom, Carolyn Jackson, and Bryant helped Jackson discover a job at Walmart.

Jackson serves as a entrance-finish affiliate on Monday and Fridays, for 4 hours a day. Jackson's mom has all the time inspired her daughter to expertise life as some other girl of her age.

Arc tried to do this too. Typically it is exhausting to line up expertise with passions, however the purpose is to get all Arc members engaged in jobs they take pleasure in, Bryant stated.

"We attempt to present them not less than a style of that dream," Bryant stated.

Jackson is one of these success tales, with the roles at Walmart and on the Cajun Village. The Cajun Village not too long ago relocated to a brand new spot in Luling.

"As we ready for the grand opening of the Cajun Village, Jackson took an lively position," Bryant stated. "She went purchasing with the supervisors looking for racks and different gadgets for retailer. She picked out gadgets, and extra importantly, shared her opinion on gadgets wanted for the shop."

Cajun Village retailer supervisor Paula Barnes added: "Jackson is a pleasure to work with. She is process-oriented and takes on each problem with a smile."

Arc presently has two retail places. The Cajun Village Thrift Retailer at 114 Lakewood Drive in Luling is open Monday by means of Friday from 9 a.m. to five p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opposite location is Throw Me One thing Mister, 50 Wade St. in Luling. That retailer is open Monday by means of Friday, 9 a.m. to five p.m.

The Cajun Village Thrift Retailer sells a spread of wares together with clothes, furnishings, and home goods. Swamp Shredders, the Arc's residential and business shredding enterprise, can be positioned on the Cajun Village Thrift Retailer web site. All donated gadgets are tax deductible and go straight to the Cajun Village Thrift Retailer, which creates jobs and extra alternatives for Arc people that work in that division and in the shop. 

Throw Me One thing Mister has Mardi Gras merchandise, new and donated in addition to souvenirs. The shop additionally carries seasonal vacation items and decorations. If any enterprise is in organising a bead drive to assist the Arc, contact Kelsey Pollock, 985.785.097, ext. 4820 or electronic mail kpollock@arcofstcharles.com.

Arc is dedicated to offering providers and help for the particular wants community, serving to every particular person obtain full potential. "Girl D" is a testomony to the purpose.

"I really like working as a result of it retains me busy," she stated. "The Arc has taught me tips on how to get a job and socialize with new folks."

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