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Rust & Ruffles Gives Back

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Jana Leon adds a little more style to Sugar Land, TX with her new rustic-chic boutique, Rust & Ruffles. Jana was a school teacher for 13 years when she recently decided to follow her passion for fashion, and a dream she has held since her college days. The clothing and accessories are all hand selected eclectic pieces that can liven up any wardrobe! Although the storefront has only been open for a month, it is already on the path to great success. Many say Jana’s success is due to her giving heart. In fact, the best part about Rust & Ruffles is Jana’s commitment to donate part of the proceeds to three charities close to her heart: The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, The Wounded Warrior Project, and the 100 Club.

In 2017, Jana Leon confronted a serious personal loss in her life when her late husband, Michael Powers, passed away unexpectedly from suicide. This shook her family’s entire world as he displayed no tell-tale signs of suicidal thoughts despite suffering from a few mental illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder. Jana and her late husband both served in the Air Force together, were married over 18.5 years, and shared 2 children, Joshua (15y) and Jacob (12y). Jana said “in the beginning it was rough. We still think about him every day and honor his memory, but I was hurt. I wondered why me? I wondered why God would let this happen to my family.” She had always been strong in her faith, but even the strongest of people question their relationship with God when faced with tremendous loss, trials, or tribulations. Jana decided to seek fellowship in her church in Pflugerville, TX where she was able to see that God had great plans for her. She goes on to say that “He is not done with me yet and I believe He is using me to help bring awareness to these things”. Jana now spends her time honoring her husband’s memory with her family and educating others on how to support anyone considering suicide. She states that “there is such a negative stigma surrounding mental illness that hinders those suffering from reaching out and getting the help they need”. This is why Jana donates to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to fund the scientific research, public education, and to support survivors of suicide loss. According to the AFSP, “In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide”. Whether you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, God wants you to know there is hope and life for you. Go online to www.afsp.org to learn more or call 1-800-273-8255 to receive 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress. They can also assist in prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Jana is now happily married to Lawrence “Ray” Leon, a Navy veteran and lieutenant of the Houston Police Department, where he has served on the force for over 20 years. In December of 2018, Jana and her two boys moved to Richland to live with Ray who was born and raised in Houston. Between Jana and Ray, they have a large family with 5 kids: Joshua (15y), Abigail (12y), Jacob (12y), Caleb (11y), and Sam (3.5y). Jana, her children, and her supportive husband work hard to remember a positive image of Michael every day. Coming from a long line of veterans in her family, it seemed like a no-brainer to Jana to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project and the 100 Club with the proceeds of her boutique. The Wounded Warrior Project was founded after 9/11 to support over a million injured warriors and their families. She believes it is important to support the men and women that protect our nation every day. The WWP has resources that can assist with mental and physical wellness, career & VA benefits, financial support, and the growth of personal independence. The final non-profit, the 100 club is an organization that celebrates our heroes that keep our communities safe, provides financial support to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed or injured in the line of duty, as well as provide equipment such as bullet proof vests to protect our heroes in the field.

Jana’s contributions to meaningful non-profits in her community are inspiring and exactly the type of business we love to highlight here at Katy & Fort Bend Christian Magazine. We encourage everyone to go check out her unique southern style and fashionable flair at Rust and Ruffles in Sugar Land, TX. They are located at 19875 Southwest Freeway, Suite 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479. You can reach out to Rust and Ruffles at 346-339-6837 or via email at rustandruffles-sugarland@outlook.com to find out more information on the clothing, accessories, and home décor available in store.

Lily enjoys yoga, gardening, networking, photography, and her two dogs. If you need any assistance with advertising or philanthropic events please reach out to lily@katychristianmagazine.com

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