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May 14th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
3rd Annual Event Helps Bolster Self-esteem in Women
Presented by The Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle and Salon of Paris in Arcadia, 15 plus women were treated Monday, to entire makeovers to help improve their self esteem. Many of the women who were involved in drug or alcohol abuse are being treated at Salon of Paris gratis thanks to the ongoing work of the Salvation Army.
The reason this annual event takes place, according to organizers, is that many women in recovery have made some poor life choices and subsequently the Mother’s Day Makeover is designed to help with self confidence. Providing a positive experience around Mother’s Day, a time that can be difficult for some women, seemed the natural time to do such an event. Each of the 15 women received a complete hair styling; as well as a new outfit, donated by Sears of Pasadena; makeup from Mary Kay and Avon; and, professional makeup tips from Rose West, an Alta Dena Mary Kay representative.
Owner of Salon of Paris, Fadi Saikaly said he was delighted to help out…" We make people feel happy about themselves and make these women feel it is a special occasion." The looks on faces like Cindy Mesere (who was getting a new hair style courtesy of Salon of Paris stylist Latisha Longoria) said it all. A thankful Cindy has just graduated the Salvation Army six- month Alcohol and Drug Recovery program and is ready to get on with her life.
Latisha Longoria along with 5 other stylists from the salon all donated their time and talents for these women. Saikaly was cutting and styling Vicky Rodriguez’ hair when we visited and she told the Weekly that she was half way through the program and was looking forward to returning to her home in Pismo Beach upon completion of the program.
Letty Hawkins, who specializes in make-up, was busy working on Annette Karlson of Temple City.
All the women who received the free day of beauty also got new clothes with the financial help, according to Sylvia Guerra, Salvation Army Advisory Board member who helped secure the location and organize Monday’s event.
For over 100 years The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to people with a variety of social and spiritual afflictions through its 119 United States based Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). The Adult Rehabilitation Center ministry began in 1881 when William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, opened shelters for homeless people on the streets of England and this initiative quickly spread to the United States. Persons who have sought Salvation Army ministry, nurture, and healing have come with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment, and most importantly, a need for spiritual awakening and restoration.
The Mission of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center ministries in the United States provides "an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Each beneficiary (program participant) is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to assist each person to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ."
By Terry Miller