Texan Named L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth National Honoree

A New Braunfels woman was named a national honoree for L’Oréal Paris at the cosmetics company’s 17th annual edition. Women of Valor Program, which celebrates the leaders of non-profit organizations that aim to improve their communities.

Susie Vybiral, 53, was recognized for redux room, that transforms the bedrooms of abused children into places of refuge.

In November, 10 women leaders in nonprofit organizations across the country were named Women of Valor. They each received $20,000 for their organizations and an opportunity for an additional $25,000 for being the national honoree. The public then had a month to vote for the national honoree in an online poll.

The winner was announced at a star-studded ceremony on December 1 in Los Angeles. actress Katherine Langford, star of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” read Vybrial’s name.

“In fact, he said it exactly as I imagined and heard it during the 30 days of voting in November,” Vybrial said. “‘L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth 2022 National Honoree Is Susie Vybrial'”

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The ceremony is broadcast on womenofworth.com. Nominations can also be made through the site for next year’s awards.

In addition to cash, Women of Worth winners receive mentorship and exposure for their organizations’ work.

“The impact this award has on Room Redux is absolutely monumental,” said Vybiral. “Not just the money. But also the fact that L’Oréal Paris cares about children who have faced sexual abuse, trafficking, exploitation, sextortion, all these things. They’re really helping to build an even bigger platform for us to Let’s unite with each other and work together to stop what is happening to our children.

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“And with the grant, we can transform the rooms and lives of 25 more children. It’s huge.”

The group received a $10,000 grant from Spurs Give last year, which was the largest donation it had received up to that point.

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Room Redux grew out of Vybrial’s psychology studies. When she was working on her master’s degree, she worked as a family advocate at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Every day she heard horror stories about the lasting impact of abuse on children.

“Parents and caregivers were saying, ‘Yes, he’s in therapy, he’s starting to open up, but he’s not sleeping in his room. He hasn’t slept in his room in five years,'” said Vybiral, who expects to receive his Ph.D. in the next year. . “Or, ‘He’s doing well in counseling, but he still doesn’t have any friends, he’s depressed, his grades are bad,’ stuff like that.

“And it seemed to make sense: let’s change their environment. And not just change it, but make it a sanctuary for them and a place that they love and feel safe and want to be in.”

Working with a few other people, he transformed two rooms of abused children. Her response convinced her that this service was needed, and she worked with volunteers to set up Room Redux. Shortly after forming a board and receiving nonprofit status in 2019, Room Redux rose to prominence in the skim, a national newsletter aimed at women, and it caught fire.

Since then, chapters have been opened across the country and plans are being made to take the organization to Ireland, Israel and Kenya.

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“The goal is that there will be a chapter in every city, every state, every country,” he said.

So far, 186 children’s rooms have been transformed.

“Each individual room is designed specifically for that child,” he said. “We figure out what colors they love, what colors they hate, what they want to be when they grow up, what they like, what they like, what they’d like in the room. And that’s how we put the design together.”

The rooms also include signs with uplifting messages that remind children of their value, he said.

Teams of 10 to 12 volunteers, all of whom undergo background checks, work in each room.

“We go one day when the boy is not there and we totally transform his room, and then we are separated before they get home. They never see us,” he said. “To break the cycles of abuse, they need to look at the world through a different lens, one that isn’t so scary, and see that people love and care about them who don’t even know them and expect nothing from them.” .

The organization is developing a television series about his work. The plan is to buy it soon on various networks and platforms, she said.

“It’s a great way to get the word out about what’s going on with our kids and how to best help them,” she said.

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