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A Different Kind of Treatment

We’ve been partnering with hospitals and social services agencies throughout Los Angeles for the past 3 years and can see what an impact Beauty Bus services and volunteer connection mean to the clients and caregivers we see through Pop-Up Salons. A new partner as of 2012, City of Hope  has a wonderful program at the Positive Image Center and is a perfect fit for Beauty Bus to offer a different kind of treatment for clients during hospital visits. A little pampering can offer big results!

 

Positive Image Center coordinators Cassie and Stella helped us see what kind of difference our services made from the perspective of partner organization. Here’s what they shared:

 

We notice the patients feel excited and look forward to their beauty treatments when the Beauty Bus is coming to

the Center! They love that the services are performed here at the hospital and each person really enjoys getting pampered in different ways.

Through the beauty services that are offered, we hope that the patients feel better about themselves. We want them to see that even though they might not have hair, applying a little make up can make them feel better about themselves. So many of the patients’ excitement before the service can’t compare to after – they are even more excited after!

Many don’t see how beautiful they are until the service is completed. Some patients are embarrassed by their appearance, but once they have received a beauty service, they are like a different person. There is more confidence! Most wouldn’t take the time to go into a salon to have anything done because they’re embarrassed of the way they look. Having the Pop-Up Salon here at the hospital makes it more comfortable for them.

2013 Beauty Drive Family Day

If you’re looking for a family event in Los Angeles, look no further than the 2013 Beauty Drive®! Held at the Annenberg Building at the California Science Center, adjacent to the Exposition Rose Garden, The Beauty Drive® is an annual fundraiser focused on supporting the mission of Beauty Bus Foundation, and provides a unique day of beauty and grooming services, brunch, men’s lounge, Kid’s Korner and silent auction.

The 2013 Beauty Drive® will be on May 5, 2013 from 11:30a-2:30p and is the perfect way to spend Sunday with the family. Purchase tickets here.

Join us in the morning for the 2013 Beauty Drive® and complete your downtown experience at one of many local restaurants, parks and city attractions. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Annenberg Building is centrally located and will keep the entire family exploring throughout the day.

After the 2013 Beauty Drive® visit any of the following spots to complete your family day in LA:

Natural History Museum: Explore life with the entire family and step into the past with over 35 million specimens dating back 4.5 billion years. Take the afternoon to encounter dinosaurs and meet live animals at the Discovery Center.

Mercado La Paloma: Located in the Figueroa Corridor of South Los Angeles in a neighborhood that is full of creative and hard working entrepreneurs, community spirit, artists, musicians and cultural traditions, this converted garment factory is now a vibrant community gathering space. Mercado La Paloma is the local version of the bustling markets of the surrounding residents’ home countries.  Enjoy art, shopping, food and community revitalization that provides opportunities and creativity for local LA residents.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: The Coliseum has served as the home field for the USC Trojans since 1923 along with countless historic events over the course of ninety years. It is the only facility in the world to play host to two Olympiads (X and XXIII), two Super Bowls (I and VII) and one World Series (1959). Enthusiastic sports fans will appreciate the Coliseum Memorial Court of Honor displaying 54 commemorative plaques dedicated to persons impacting the development of the historical landmark.

Exposition Rose Garden: A perfect place to stop and smell the roses, the Rose Garden is visited by hundreds of local residents each year for a moment or relaxation and quiet contemplation.

California Science Center: For the curiosity in all of us, visit the many permanent and changing exhibits through the center and get an in-depth view of the living world at the most popular museum destination in SoCal.

La Brea Tar Pits: Imagine Wilshire Blvd covered in wild life and animals! Visit the world’s only consistently active urban Ice Age excavation site.

California Science Center IMAX Theater: The seven-story IMAX screen, the largest in LA, opens up worlds as small as atoms and as expansive at the universe. The entire family will enjoy the big picture on and off screen with the hands-on exhibits that connect your IMAX experience with real life science concepts.

L.A. Live: Offering six live entertainment venues, a fourteen screen cinema, the GRAMMY Museum®, and nineteen dining experiences, L.A. LIVE is the world’s preeminent live sports and entertainment district and was created to provide its guests an extraordinary live entertainment experience.

Make A Difference In March, Garden Grove

  • Do you know a licensed beauty professional who loves what he/she does and knows how important beauty and grooming services are for a person’s self-esteem?
  • Are you a licensed beauty professional in Garden Grove who believes you have one of the most meaningful jobs around because you allow people to feel good about themselves?
  • Have you been searching for manicurist jobs, hair styling jobs, cosmetologist jobs or aesthetician jobs in Garden Grove, Los Angeles?

Receive compensation while making an impact in the life of a terminally or chronically ill person and their caregiver!

We are seeking beauty professionals to provide a community service in Garden Grove, Los Angeles. Use your talent and passion to bring beauty and grooming services to people living with terminal or chronic illness and their caregivers. Throughout the month of March, we are recruiting nail technicians, cosmetologists, hair stylists, barbers and aestheticians to join Beauty Bus for a job that makes a difference in the life of a person living with terminal or chronic illness. Help us reach our goal of recruiting 100 new beauty professionals in Garden Grove!

Although jobs in Los Angeles are difficult to find, in between searches you can practice your skills as a compensated professional volunteer for Beauty Bus. Working with our clients and their caregivers is an easy way to make a difference in your community by positively impacting the self esteem of people who are not able to receive beauty and grooming services at a salon or spa. Our clients are in need of your nail services, hair care and facial services at home. We are looking for you!

What a wonderful group volunteer opportunity for friends to impact their community as well! Get your friends together and consider group volunteering. Our program will allow you to volunteer as a group and make a difference for your community, both close to home and wide spread.

In March, if you refer a beauty professional and he/she mentions your name in the application and RSVPs for a training, you can receive the following:

Refer 1 –Gift Certificate to Starbucks

Refer 3 –Beauty Bus Water Bottle

Refer 5 –Beauty Bus Sweatshirt

Refer 10 –Beauty Drive 2013 VIP Admission Ticket (value of $225)

A qualifying referral must include the following:

1) New referral must submit Beauty Bus volunteer application – found at www.beautybus.org/volunteers ;

2) New referral must complete background check by March 31st;

3) New referral must RSVP to Beauty Bus Training in March, April or May 2013.

 

*Please make sure the applicant references your name when sending in application.

Download an application here or for more information, contact Candace Martinez at 310.392.0900 or email candace@beautybus.org. Thank you!

 

My First In-Home Visit

“Gator, wake up and meet the people who have come to make you beautiful,” Doug tells his eighty-six year old mother-in-law as he wakes her up from her morning nap.  He holds her hand and tells me that her real name is Alice, but he has been calling her “Gator” for the past twenty years.  As the Beauty Professional, Letrice, begins to trim Alice’s nails, I ask Doug how she originally received her nickname.  He smiles and happily shares his story.

Alice’s friends and family nicknamed her Ali, and they often playfully called her “Alligator.”  After Doug and his wife had children, his children liked this name for their grandmother, and they began calling her Grandma Gator.  Apparently, the name stuck.

I am touched by the story behind the endearing name, and I want to ask Alice if she would be willing to share some of her own stories about her children and grandchildren.  I do not have the chance to talk to her, though, because she has already drifted back into a peaceful sleep.  Instead of talking to Alice, I continue chatting with Doug, Letrice, and her two paid caregivers.  We debate on which color to paint her toenails, and we ultimately agree on an iridescent pink polish, which we think will make Alice happy when she wakes up.

One of my first thoughts when I walked into Alice’s room was that there were a lot of people present for a simple manicure and pedicure.  My immediate second thought, however, was the realization that each of us was there because we genuinely cared about Alice.  Beauty Bus Foundation is about extending love, showing support, and making people feel beautiful when they are not feeling their best.  A Beauty Buddy is there for another person, even if they are unable talk to you.  I am glad that I could be there for Alice.

Written by Ali Gardner, Intern and Beauty Buddy | Feb. 2013

 

FREE NETWORKING EVENT

For all beauty professionals who want to increase personal productivity and income streams, join us at Luxe Parlor & Blow Dry Bar in Valley Village. This beauty networking event offers a chance to meet other beauty professionals in your area, exchange ideas and tips, gain skills from key note speakers on topics such as dealing with debt and interpersonal communication and learn about Beauty Bus Foundation.

Space is limited! Please RSVP to RSVP@beautybus.org or call 310.392.0900.

MONDAY, MARCH 25TH | 4-7P

LUXE PARLOR & BLOW DRY BAR

5224 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

Schedule of Event:

4:00-4:45pm – Networking, Refreshments (Wine & Cheese)

4:45-5:00pm – Introduction to Speakers

5:00-6:00pm – Speakers, Pina De Rosa & Brittney Castro

6:00-7:00pm – Networking and Refreshments

Pina De Rosa, Mindset Effectiveness Expert, an Award Winning Producer and International High Performance Results Coach

Pina De Rosa has been designing and leading live workshops, teleclasses and webinars for over 12 years now. She has spoken at TEDxPasadena and been nominated for the Los Angeles Business Journal Woman Making A Difference 3 years in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012).

Brittney Castro, CFP, Founder /CEO, FinanciallyWiseWomen.com

Brittney specializes in working with busy professional and entrepreneurial women who are passionate about life and want to gain clarity around their money. Brittney’s mission is to help women plan and create the life of their dreams, free from anxiety about money.

 

Make A Difference in March

  • Do you know a licensed beauty professional who loves what he/she does and knows how important beauty and grooming services are for a person’s self-esteem?
  • Are you a licensed beauty professional who believes you have one of the most meaningful jobs around because you allow people to feel good about themselves?
  • Have you been searching for manicurist jobs, hair styling jobs, cosmetologist jobs or aesthetician jobs in Los Angeles?

Receive compensation while making an impact in the life of a terminally or chronically ill person and their caregiver!

We are seeking beauty professionals to provide a community service in Los Angeles. Use your talent and passion to bring beauty and grooming services to people living with terminal or chronic illness and their caregivers. Throughout the month of March, we are recruiting nail technicians, cosmetologists, hair stylists, barbers and aestheticians to join Beauty Bus for a job that makes a difference in the life of a person living with terminal or chronic illness. Help us reach our goal of recruiting 100 new beauty professionals!

Although jobs in Los Angeles are difficult to find, in between searches you can practice your skills as a compensated professional volunteer for Beauty Bus. Working with our clients and their caregivers is an easy way to make a difference in your community by positively impacting the self esteem of people who are not able to receive beauty and grooming services at a salon or spa. Our clients are in need of your nail services, hair care and facial services at home. We are looking for you!

What a wonderful group volunteer opportunity for friends to impact their community as well! Get your friends together and consider group volunteering. Our program will allow you to volunteer as a group and make a difference for your community, both close to home and wide spread.

In March, if you refer a beauty professional and he/she mentions your name in the application and RSVPs for a training, you can receive the following:

Refer 1 –Gift Certificate to Starbucks

Refer 3 –Beauty Bus Water Bottle

Refer 5 –Beauty Bus Sweatshirt

Refer 10 –Beauty Drive 2013 VIP Admission Ticket (value of $225)

A qualifying referral must include the following:

1) New referral must submit Beauty Bus volunteer application – found at www.beautybus.org/volunteers ;

2) New referral must complete background check by March 31st;

3) New referral must RSVP to Beauty Bus Training in March, April or May 2013.

 

*Please make sure the applicant references your name when sending in application.

Download an application here or for more information, contact Candace Martinez at 310.392.0900 or email candace@beautybus.org. Thank you!

 

R-E-S-P-I-T-E

The special needs of an individual who has terminal or chronic illness are often unexpectedly tasked to someone who is unpaid and often a family member. The dedication and care given to a loved one by a caregiver often becomes a daily routine, and although rewarding in many ways, can take a toll on the well-being of the caregiver and lead to unnoticed chronic stress. Caregivers need supportive resources to provide relief and respite from the constant need to care for another, whether that be from the community, resource organizations or quality of life services like Beauty Bus Foundation. Read more

I still want to look my best at all times.

“Call me vain, but you wouldn’t believe the number of people who see me, look past my wheelchair and ventilator face-mask, and say stuff like, ‘Man, your hair’s getting long.’ It’s either my partial baldness, which exaggerates my otherwise bushy hair when it goes bad, or it’s the genuine goodness of people who don’t want to comment on my obvious disabilities and are just trying to make small-talk… I’m not sure, but it’s clear – I need regular haircuts.”

Getting to the barber takes planning and coordination, just finding a babysitter for young twin boys can be a tough venture and that’s only the first step. Scott Lew and his wheelchair are loaded, along with his ventilation gear, into the family van. Wife, Annabel, and caregiver file in after. For the Lews, safety is of the utmost importance when taking trips outside the home. Read more

I have dealt with loss in my life by helping others.

We all knew Sarah would die—and she knew as well.

Still, Sarah maintained her beauty, both inside and out through modeling classes and attending galas to raise money for charity, caring about her appearance each and every day. Then, in 1997, my young niece lost her battle with a terminal illness. Without knowing it, through her continual self-care, Sarah had paved the way for me to help others feel good about themselves regardless of how they felt physically.

As a retired psychotherapist, I know the value of interpersonal connections.  I understand that isolation can cause depression and a loss of self-esteem. Being a part of Beauty Bus’ In-Home Visit program offers an opportunity for me to interact with home-bound clients and their caregivers, and in that I am doing something extremely worthwhile. As a Beauty Buddy for Beauty Bus Foundation, I look forward to meeting the client, their caregiver and family. I see people cope with the most challenging experiences – probably experiences they never thought they could manage – and I see many of the clients loved by those close to them. Read more

I have a face again

“Thank You”

In my first experience with Beauty Bus as a makeup artist volunteer, I applied make-up to women receiving treatment for cancer at weSPARK Cancer Support Center. Some had lost their hair and some their lashes. It was so rewarding knowing that I was making a difference, that I could help someone feel “normal.” Read more