Hello! Thank you for stopping by our site, my name is Emily Allegretto and I am the director of Keeps Boutique in East Texas. Here is a little bit about me and the journey of Keeps…
I’ve been a Texan at heart since the age of 4 but am Floridian by birth. I was born into a missionary family and grew up volunteering alongside my parents, John and Elaine Allegretto and my three siblings. Inquisitive is a word that describes me. Learning about new people and cultures while traveling is my favorite thing. I’ve participated in volunteer work in Mexico, El Salvador, England, China, Korea, Amsterdam and many projects in the United States.
My passion is to affirm the value of life and encourage others to know God and follow His design. Being the passionate person that I am, I’m pretty crazy about following my Creator, which has led me to find true freedom in my life. From a young age I’ve felt called to live a life exemplifying that freedom and to genuinely love everybody I meet along the way. This passion is what led me to pioneer Keeps of East Texas at the age of 15.
While I cannot give girls in foster care a mom and a dad like I have been blessed with, I can love them, encourage them and befriend them because of the security and freedom that I have found. I self contracted the construction of Keeps Boutique in 2008 with the help of my family and have served as director of Keeps since its infancy. Keeps hosted our first “Girls’ Night Out” event on August 21, 2009. Since then, we’ve hosted annual events with differing themes and over 500 participants.
In the summer of 2011, I had just graduated from high school when Keeps hosted our first “Keeps Kamp”. Twelve teen girls in foster care attended free of charge. Since then we’ve hosted 7 annual kamps and continue to offer Kamp every summer. Over 250 girls have attended Keeps Kamps, and Kamp now hosts 40-50 girls each summer.
After Graduating with my Associates in Business Administration from Tyler Junior College, I attended the University of North Texas and received my Bachelors in Business Administration Marketing with a Minor in Merchandising. I now serve as director of Keeps full time. I love what I do and count it a privilege!