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Ashro Woman: Reverend Charisse D.

Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Reverend Charisse D. from Calumet City, IL

Reverend Charisse is a full-time doctoral student, business owner and preacher who also cares for her mother and her brother—a great deal of responsibility for one woman.

What gets her through? Her faith. “God is my influencer…no one person could ever do what God has done.”


Rev Charisse D.
Which city do you live?
Calumet City
Which state do you live?
How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
I like fashion and low key appearance.
What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
I am a full time doctoral student, home caregiver for my mom and brother. I own an international business as well.
How do you spend your free time?
Reading, watching tv and girl time with my sisterhood of 50 years.
What small thing makes you happy?
Free time to myself.
What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
Gumbo. Family and friends anytime.
What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
Greatest struggle is caring for my mom with dementia and helping with legal matters for my brother in his new release from prison after 40 years. Trying to get him adjusted and my mom, while ministering and working on my doctorate degree.
Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
This question is hard and easy. God, is my influencers. I have had several spiritual mothers in life. But no one person could ever do what God has done.
Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
I volunteer my time at church. And caring for my mom. 24/7 job. As well as my brother.
Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
My daughter is a member of AKA. I wanted to pledge in college but couldn’t due to health and lack of support from parents. However, I made sure my daughter was supported at all times. Im proud of her success and career path.
What do you love about fashion and style?
My style is business casual.
Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
No one particularly.
What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
Church, school and out with friends.
How has your style evolved over time?
Over time I went from high fashion classy to business casual because I work from home.
Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
I wear hats on casual occasions.
Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
I will wear headwraps in February.
Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
I occasionally wear a wig.
Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
I am a woman of God. My faith in Him keeps me going each new day that I am blessed to see. One thing I love about my parents is that they introduced me to my ABBA Father. Because of this I am forever grateful.
Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
I attend Mount Olive MB Church. I love the fact that my Pastor teaches the word and during CONVID he kept going and we like other churches are rebuilding, renewing.
How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
My daughter knows God and she has a personal relationship with him. She supports me when I preach. She kneels at bedtime at age 27. I can honestly say, I have raised an intelligent young lady with the help of God and close friends. No grandchildren.
Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
Your best advice?
Always walk with your head held high,with confidence and grace. Know that you are a child of the Most High King. And God will give you the desires of your heart if you trust in Him.g
What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
Motherhood has taught me to be humble but stern. Grateful and listen before reacting to situations. Be apologetic when need to. Have fun and enjoying God’s gift to us.
Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?

Thanks for inspiring us, Reverend Charisse!

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