SisterReach CEO and founder Cherisse Scott on the opening of Pearl's Pantry: “Pearl’s Pantry operates with a spirit of dignity and respect and provides a caring and nonjudgmental experience for all who walk through our doors."

SisterReach, a Black-woman-led nonprofit advocating for the human rights of Black women, women of color, teens, LGBT+ people and their families, has launched its latest community resource, Pearl’s Pantry.

The pantry provides an experience combining the basic needs of the community with a safe, upscale ambiance similar to what one would find in department stores or boutiques. Community members will be able to shop for clothing, food, hygiene, and baby needs-all free of charge. 

“Pearl’s Pantry is another way to honor the life, legacy, and request for the services SisterReach would provide to mothers, babies and families, by my mother, Pearl Williams,” said Cherisse Scott, CEO & Founder of SisterReach. 

“Mom knew firsthand what it meant to navigate subpar social services and receive practical support for basic needs when she was a young single mother raising myself and my siblings. The impact of COVID-19 has presented ongoing uncertain times for hundreds of families across the Mid-South. People need realistic, tangible assistance to sustain themselves and their families.”

Scott said people also need and deserve to have resources presented in a way that does not tokenize, degrade or demean them based on their need.

“Pearl’s Pantry operates with a spirit of dignity and respect and provides a caring and nonjudgmental experience for all who walk through our doors. Every aspect of it, from the art decor and music, to the types of food and clothing we provide, has been selected based on the high quality and dignity worthy of those whom we serve,” said Scott.

Community members will have an opportunity to learn more about and connect more intimately with the work of SisterReach, as well as their Pearl’s Pantry partners, Walking Into A New Life, Memphis BStars, Peake Wellness, and Agape Affirming Ministries.  

(Visit www.sisterreach.org for more information.)