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The Beauty Bus Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for chronically or terminally ill people and their caregivers by bringing beauty into their lives. Beauty Bus provides in-home beauty and grooming services, free of charge, to men, women and children whose illness or condition prevents them from accessing a salon or spa. Beauty Bus strives to empower our clients, help them maintain dignity and give them respite during difficult times.

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Testimonials

“Thank you for my Hair styling & Make-up! Your foundation is awesome just what teenage kids really need when we are going thru tough times with our health.
-Edna C., client with pediatric brain tumor

“After receiving my Bag of Beauty, I felt blessed and so happy someone cares! Thank you so much!
-Deanna F.,

I wear my Beauty Bus t-shirt and butterfly pin with pride. I am so blessed to be affiliated with such an OUTSTANDING foundation and the staff and volunteers who make it happen each and every day.
-Patti, Beauty Buddy

I am overwhelmed with emotion with each visit – the strength and courage of our clients and caregivers never ceases to amaze me. No matter how ill the clients are and how stressed the caregivers are after a Beauty Bus visit – they have the strength to smile.
- Patti, Beauty Buddy

“I have learned that people with chronic and terminal illnesses have so much appreciation for life and so much to give spiritually. They truly appreciate every bit of every moment, and the visits that I have been on so far have already made a huge impact on me emotionally, and have encouraged me to appreciate every moment because life is truly too short.”
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“ Beauty treatments give terminally or chronically ill people a chance to feel special, even if it’s just for that one or two hours. It gives them a chance to get away from their illness, and makes them feel like they too are deserving and that they matter just as much as everyone else. “
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“From what I can tell, Beauty Bus services not only change the patient and caregiver’s physical being but has a great affect on their emotional being as well.”
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“The attention that we dedicate to them for that hour means more to them than they show and just by looking at their face, I can already feel the difference that Beauty Bus is making.”
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“After a Beauty Bus visit, I feel like the time that I have spent doing that one visit couldn’t have been more worthwhile. I truly feel like I gain more from the experience than the client.”
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“ I see a huge difference from when I meet a client at their door to when I say good-bye after a beauty visit. The clients get filled with appreciation and gratitude as they say good-bye, and their smile illuminates with thankfulness.”
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“ I feel as though my companionship [during a Beauty Bus visit] helps build a bond between the client and caregiver on a different level. They get a chance to actually talk about things other than the client’s illness and well-being.”
-Eva, Beauty Buddy

“Being a Beauty Bus volunteer has been a healthy reminder to remember that everyone, sick or not, deserves to be treated with kindness, compassion and equality.”
-Jennifer, Beauty Professional

“This question “how beauty treatments affect those with chronic or terminal illnesses?” almost moves me to tears, because the joy the clients get is so abundant! They are so grateful with their thank you’s and hugs.”
-Jennifer, Beauty Professional

“Every morning we get up and go about our business, maybe have a slight ache in our back or whatever but off we go to accomplish whatever we choose to do with vitality and spirit. We at times experience an off day when things don’t go exactly as we’d like and experience certain frustrations; however, nothing is insurmountable or so difficult that we can’t work it out. Our clients do not have those choices, many of them can’t get out of bed and everything they do or accomplish takes great effort and is absolutely exhausting and tomorrow will be the same – often worse than the day before! We all need to take a few minutes each day to count our Blessings and be thankful for our health.”
-Patty, Beauty Buddy

“I have an amazing feeling after a Beauty Bus visit. Just knowing I have made someone’s day a little better is like winning the lottery of life!”
-Jennifer, Beauty Professional

“The power of touch can bring out different reactions in people. Sometime I see calmness or relaxation or a rejuvenated and energized person after a Beauty Bus visit.”
-Jennifer, Beauty Professional

“Most of the time, home-bound clients have very little companionship or visitors. I have been told by a client that she had been looking forward to our visit for weeks. I felt like one of her important family members or a celebrity! “
-Jennifer, Beauty Professional

“After a beauty bus visit, the client has a smile or a glimmer of light on his or her face which had not been present upon our arrival. Often, we laugh and laugh and listen to experiences regarding the client which are uplifting and can only be experienced through the “shared” experience, during our visits.”
-Lee, Beauty Professional

“It is amazing how much can be accomplished or experienced through a one hour Beauty Bus visit.”
-Lee, Beauty Professional

“Volunteering with Beauty Bus, I have learned the importance of personal contact for anyone suffering with a chronic/terminal illness. Everyone needs human touch and special attention to make the most challenging situation just a little easier to endure. Just a little positive attention brings smiles and comfort to people who spend so much time in challenging situations.”
-Nadine, Beauty Professional

“I always leave a visit with a feeling that I’ve made a difference in a special person’s day. I also count my blessings.”
-Nadine, Beauty Professional

“It is so rewarding getting a positive reaction from a client after a Beauty Bus visit, even if it is just a small smile. I know what we do makes a big difference to the people we serve.”
-Nadine, Beauty Professional

“As a volunteer I have seen that having outside interaction that is not medical is positive for the client and the caregiver. It gives the caregiver a chance to relax and the client the feeling that people care about them and their family.”
-Nadine, Beauty Professional

“Through volunteering with Beauty Bus, I have learned that people with chronic and terminal illness are just like everyone else. We have bad days. We have good days. We all enjoy laughing, meeting new people and looking forward to the great experiences life has to offer.”
-Antoinette, Beauty Buddy

“ I had one visit where a client said that she had been waiting all day just to reach her appointment time. During the visit she appeared to be so at ease, comfortable and highly engaged in the moment. I could tell it was like a breath of fresh air for her, a moment to just enjoy time.”
-Antoinette, Beauty Buddy

“When I first volunteered with the Beauty Bus, I was concerned about what I would see and the emotions I would feel in seeing clients with illnesses, but then I learned it’s not about me, it’s about them, and giving all I can while I am with them.”
-Stephanie, Beauty Professional

“Everyone needs a beauty boost. Beauty Bus visits allow clients to see that their condition is only part of who they are.”
-Stephanie, Beauty Professional

“The Beauty Buddy and Beauty Professional allow the client and/or caregiver to confide in us about what they are going through. We are willing to listen and empathize with them. They are grateful we can play a part in helping them cope with their illness for a little while.”
-Stephanie, Beauty Professional

“I have become more aware of the need for personal interaction. So many of the clients are alone and love the opportunity to talk and be touched in some way.”
-Maria, Beauty Buddy

“I have a mix of feelings after a visit. I feel rewarded with the opportunity to help another, I feel grateful for myself and my family, and I feel empathy for the suffering that so many people have to live with. It puts my life back in perspective.”
-Maria, Beauty Buddy (August 2011)

“There is a tremendous difference in the clients after a Beauty Bus visit. They look tired and worn out when we arrive. About half way through they can’t stop talking and appear to be more light-hearted.”
-Maria, Beauty Buddy

“Touch has a healing factor and conversation gives the patients and caregivers the opportunity to speak about something other than their illness. My last visit was full of history, politics, old films and stories about my local area. I learned a lot of things that day!”
-Maria, Beauty Buddy

“As with everyone, we feel better when we look better, but I think the patients and caregivers also like a break from their routine just to talk to someone else….it gives them a break from their illness.”
-Linda, Beauty Professional (August 2011)

“All my visits have been positive…and its very rewarding knowing you made someone happy….it feels great to give back!”
-Linda, Beauty Professional

“Some clients just enjoy having another person to talk to, and this goes for the caregiver as well…on one visit for a lovely gentleman who wasn’t up to speaking much, my beauty buddy and the caregiver had a wonderful conversation and I just cut away!”
-Linda, Beauty Professional

“The simple act of human touch and a little attention from another person can work wonders in a day full of pain and worry.”
-Jamie, Beauty Buddy and Professional

“I am so delighted to have brightened someone’s day even for a short while. I have met some wonderful clients and their caregivers through home visits and charity events and am humbled to have met these many brave and selfless people.”
-Jamie, Beauty Buddy and Professional

“As a Beauty Bus volunteer I have learned that all of these wonderful people need the connection and human sharing that we all need. The isolation must be very difficult, and it is a special treat to have us come in and pamper them and focus on them in a positive way that has nothing to do with their illness.”
-Beverly, Beauty Buddy

“These treatments bring a sense of normalcy and well being. Particularly for the women, feeling “pretty and feminine” means a great deal.”
-Beverly, Beauty Buddy

“The expression “I get more than I give” is the truth of what these visits are for me as a volunteer. I meet people I would never have the opportunity to talk with and share with. It is a precious gift.”
-Beverly, Beauty Buddy

“Most people may be shy or inward at the beginning of the visit, but by the end of the treatments we are “friends”. There is always a real human connection.”
-Beverly, Beauty Buddy

“I just wanted to express how much I enjoyed my time with you on Monday at the Ronald Mcdonald House. What you are doing truly moved me and has touched me. I want to be a part of your movement. I believe in what you’re doing and think it is beautiful.”
-Brittany, Beauty Professional

“Beauty treatments allow our clients a time to escape and be pampered, a safe haven no matter how brief. For those who care for people suffering from debilitating illnesses, Beauty Bus treatments give them a chance to do something for themselves and be taken care of for a moment.”
-Kathy, Beauty Buddy

“I try to get to know our clients and to really help them understand that we care – that sense of humanity which I believe is lost by many in today’s society. The gentle hug from a stranger can work wonders – more so for me actually.
-Kathy, Beauty Buddy

“From the moment I walked into my first Beauty Bus visit, I was inspired. As the sisters were being pampered with manicures, it was apparent that their spirits (along with their nails) were brighter and shinier than when we arrived.”
-Lindsay M., Beauty Buddy

For our clients, our Beauty Bus visit was a break from the hardships of disease, from doctors visits, and insurance paperwork; for me, it was a magical day, a day that reminded me how simple acts of kindness go a long, long way. “
-Lindsay M., Beauty Buddy

My first experience as a Beauty Buddy was amazing. We were greeted at the door by her lovely caregiver and escorted upstairs to meet the client, a delightful woman. She expressed her lack of interest in life as it is today. Wonder of wonders, we chatted and visited about topics not related to her health. She said that the Beauty Bus visit and the wonderful pedicure that she received, thanks to a special beauty professional volunteer made her feel beautiful and gave her reason to keep on living. I was totally humbled by this event and spent the afternoon and evening on cloud nine. “-
Bobbi M., Beauty Buddy

“We had had a very difficult time finding anyone who would come out to the house. My wife had not had a hair cut in three years. After the volunteers cut our hair we felt like human beings again. It was a very pleasant experience and I’m looking forward to their next visit. “
-Thomas W., Caregiver for his wife

“I was blessed on Monday with the visit and services from your organization for the first time. So many thanks to all of you! Bless you all and thanks again!
-Judith S., client with neuromuscular disease

The simplest idea of someone coming to your home to pamper you at a time when all your energy is being expended to fight a personal battle, is much more than just feeling good about how you look. Beauty Bus gives its clients renewed internal strength to keep fighting.”
- Karen O., client with breast cancer

“Thanks to this wonderful organization, I received respite from the daily battle with ALS. I, as a caregiver, appreciated this thoughtfulness, as we get lost in the daily routines. The Beauty Bus gave me a much needed break.”
– Cate M., Caregiver for her sister

Mom passed away on Wednesday morning at Sherman Oaks Hospital. It was a heartbreaking time for us but I wanted you to know that she still had her Rose Pink nails that you gave her. It was the first time in a few years that she had her nails done and that I had seen her smile. I thank you for both of us for the wonderful experience.
-Eileen Cimorell, Caregiver for her mom

“On behalf of the families staying at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House we want to thank you for the wonderful day of beauty. This very special event made our families feel both special and beautiful. “
-Jen Cohen, Ronald McDonald House