LAKEWOOD, CO, 9/17/2013 — Helping clients refine or renew their style is rewarding for any cosmetologist, but the students at the Regency Beauty Institute campus in Lakewood, CO, have taken it one step further. The cosmetology students have given free haircuts, styling services, manicures and pedicures to homeless women and their children among other clients through a partnership with the nonprofit organization Volunteers of America.
Volunteers of America serves the elderly, the homeless, people with disabilities, at-risk youth and women and their children escaping domestic violence.
“This collaboration with Regency can impact people at multiple points in the continuum, being newly homeless to being housed in a transitional program or even longer term in our family housing program,” said Amanda Wentz, Brandon Center Project Manager and one of the partnership coordinators. “It makes a big impact.”
Coralie Storm, one of the managers at the Regency Beauty Institute campus said the partnership with the Volunteers of America-run Brandon Center began as a way to allow the students to give back to their local community while continuing to hone their cosmetology skills.
“Providing services to clients has been an amazing opportunity for the students to grow technically and personally,” Storm said. “Outreach like this keeps you real and keeps you humble in this world. It really puts the students in a good place. This is a giving industry.”
Clients ranging in age from 10 to mid-‘50s have received free services every two weeks since July.
“We are day-makers,” Storm said. “These women are so appreciative; it truly gives the students an opportunity to impact the local community.”
Wentz said the services offer a chance for respite when the women have been living in crisis. She said the confidence boost from a haircut, hair style or nail care can also help the clients with the job search process.
Student Anna Embry said she could feel her client’s mood change and brighten throughout her appointment, and student Sarah Levy’s guest couldn’t stop smiling. Levy is an active volunteer and described her first experience working with the Volunteers of America clients as “rewarding.”
“If someone doesn’t have the funds to go and get a manicure and a pedicure, it’s really nice knowing that we can give back, and they can have a really good time, even if it’s just for a few hours,” Levy said.
About Regency Beauty Institute: Founded more than 50 years ago, Regency Beauty Institute helps cosmetology students fulfill their dreams by delivering a strong technical platform and providing creative freedom. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Regency Beauty Institute operates 89 campuses in the United States, including campuses statewide in Lakewood, Westminster and Fort Collins. For more information about Regency Beauty Institute, visit www.regency.edu.
About Volunteers of America: Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals and women and their children escaping domestic violence. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.voacolorado.org.