The salon donated its workers’ time and talent in a program whose aim is to empower the women by giving them a new look. The stylists consulted with each individual; one client donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.
Three years ago, Myrna Wertheimer, an NCJW member and a long-term client of the salon, put its owners in touch with the Center for Women; the salon, she said, had an “interest and desire to give back to the community and specifically to women in need. It has been a wonderful partnership.”
Janine Garubo Austin, the salon’s managing partner, said, “We are always excited to make people feel better about themselves and assist someone to hold her head higher.”
“After participating in this event for three years now,” said Moses, a Garubo stylist, “my favorite part is bringing joy to the women who come in.”
“As a new mom, I have been so busy at home taking care of my family, and this is my first opportunity to get pampered before getting back into the workforce,” said Yvonne Smith, a client at the center. Another client, JoEllen Green, said that as she walked into the salon, she “felt such good energy.”
Patty Kremen, the center’s career services manager and the event organizer, said she feels it is important to help women who are looking for a job or are in transition. “Sometimes you are too focused on your job search and you need to take time to look inward and focus on yourself,” she said, adding, “The Garubo Salon has given these women an amazing opportunity to feel refreshed and recharged.”
The women also received a gift bag from the salon. “I feel great; I’m so excited about how I look and feel,” said one client. “It was a wonderful day. I feel like a movie star,” said another.
The Center for Women, a resource focusing on growth and self-improvement, offers computer classes, financial and legal guidance, career services, peer support, and workshops to teach skills necessary for entering or re-entering the workforce.