Tracie Stern was a successful, International Plus Sized model for 25 years, represented by powerhouse agencies like Elite Model Management, FORD NY, and Wilhelmina NY. Her clients included Levi’s, Target, Walmart, Sears, JC Penny, Vanity Fair Lingerie and companies around the world. In addition to her entertainment career---acting in commercials and small films, hosting TV shows and live events, and producing photo shoots and fashion shows----Today she is a real estate investor, Handywoman and consultant. Her company, The Curvy Flipper, empowers women through local home improvement workshops, inspiring them to pursue renovations themselves and to achieve their goals both personally & professionally. She is currently working on her second book, which tracks her journey from modeling to real estate development.
“My goal is for these beautiful and colorful pieces that fit a body the way they should and are not boxy, baggy, or oversized and frumpy — these women are going to have their spirit lifted and be able to walk proud because they’ll actually be in clothes they like and not clothes they may feel are somebody else’s trash,” she said.
“I can’t imagine them walking into a space that is a safe house and having it not be an environment that’s sort of like a hug,” she said. “It’s important my team and I create a space that is inviting and at least for a couple of nights allows them to close their eyes and know that they’re in a safe place.”
“The Samaritan House doesn’t just serve a couple of people. They serve your friends. They serve family. They serve other non-profits that have the same mission of helping survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. I like to call them the mother of non-profits that work in this field. It’s not just their clients they serve, but clients of other non-profits that work in this area. And because of everything they do, it really means a lot to the community to come out and show they’re appreciated and it brings more awareness,” she said.
On Wednesday, volunteers kicked off the project to transform the center in time for the holidays.
“This is the busiest time of the year, when our neighbors want to give back and donate. They start purging and cleaning for everything coming in,” said Tracie Stern, who is leading the project. “The donations department is not able to take all that in.”