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There was more to October than costumes and trick-or-treating for Regency students this year. It was also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Students at the Roanoke, VA, campus did an outstanding job supporting the effort. The student council along with Performance Floor Manager Lenai C. led the campus in donating over $100 to Turning Point, a local shelter for abused women and children, and providing complimentary haircuts to women served.

“They were just so appreciative of the services they received and the care that Regency showed to them,” Lenai said.

The support didn’t stop with haircuts. Each woman received a thermal treatment; bus passes; a treat bag filled with beauty items including shampoo, conditioner and soap; a personalized card and professional clothes donated by the students.

Students and staff also wore purple – the color symbolizing domestic violence awareness – to support the cause and provided purple treats for the women to enjoy the day of the event.

“The women were so appreciative it brought tears to their eyes as well as many of the students,” Lenai said. “This is just one of the many ways Regency is [supporting] one of its principles by ‘Making a difference in someone’s life.’  It not only changes others, but it changes us as well.”

Campus Manager Summer A. said the event gave the students a chance to serve as role models for the women and provide them the stepping stones to better their lives. The students even talked to the women about the opportunities available in cosmetology.

“I think it’s teaching them how to give back to the community and how to help someone feel better,” Summer said.

The students encouraged the women to choose styles they’ve never worn before and embrace a new look.

“They made some real changes and felt really beautiful when they left,” Lenai said.

Student Heather L. said it taught the campus to give expecting nothing in return. Heather’s grandmother was a stylist of 50 years and always said stylists were more than just hair dressers.

“She said, ‘We’re doing hair, but we’re also making their lives better.’”

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