BY MARISSA MEEHAN
Graduating social work seniors took time out of their busy lives to give women with disabilities a chance to enjoy a relaxing day at Dove Pointe last Thursday.
“Living with disabilities makes it a lot harder to go out and have a chance and get pampered, the goal of this event was to give the ladies a chance to get them out of their basic routine and enjoy themselves,” said Gabriella Stuchel, who will graduate in May with a Social work degree.
The theme of the event was a “New you day” which included Mary Kay local consultants giving the clients makeovers, painting nails, footbaths, photo shoot, and gifts all for the clients. Women of all ages from 20 to 50 came in and got a chance to get a new look and a photo shoot at the end of the makeover session.
Dove Point, a non-profit organization,provides services to individuals with disabilities and has a mission to be a point of connection between people and services to meet their desired outcomes, interests, and needs.
Graduating social work seniors Gabriella Stuchel, Olivia Bankard, and Amanda Ward worked hard to put together a spa day that could change the lives of others for their community macro project.
The group decided to hold the event at Dove Pointe because it was Ward’s internship location and they knew they could make a great event for the population of people there.
“We wanted to make the women feel beautiful and serve their needs,” Bankard said. “They don’t have a chance to get their makeup and nails done a lot so we wanted to do this for them.”
Hannah Belgie, 20 felt very fortunate to have the chance to get pampered.
“I really liked getting my nails painted and everyone was so nice and helpful,” Belgie, said.
Belgie is a resident in Salisbury and also enjoys doing her makeup at home.
One of the most popular commodities was photo shoot at the end of each makeover.
“They all really enjoyed getting their picture taken and all wanted to strike a pose,” Stuchel said.
Stuchel, Bankard, and Ward went around Salisbury and dropped off letters at different salons, pharmacies, and florists then we called people we knew to see if they would like to donate anything to help us out.
Several companies from the town of Salisbury came to support this event.
Dove Point donated the foot baths and the room, city florists donated flowers, Pembertion pharmacies and Designer’s Edge donated gifts, cookies and drinks from Chick ‘Fil’a ,and a graphic design artist helped design the invitations for the guests.
“I really liked getting my picture taken at the end, and enjoyed the whole event,” said Rudea Spence, 34.
Mary Kay sales director Cheryl Bosley volunteered her time to help improve the day of many women.
“It’s been awesome to be able to love on women by making them look and feel pretty,” Bosley said. “I try to help as much as I can and I enjoy meeting new people.”
Bosley has also had experience helping others at Halo Missionaries.
Stuchel would hold an event like this in a heartbeat and try to have more volunteers to help reach more clients.
“What I got out of the event was pure joy being able to make some ones day. You could really see how happy and proud our clients were walking around simply because we painted their nails and gave them a flower. It was really touching knowing we made a difference,” Stuchel said.
Salisbury University students and volunteers brightened up the day for the women at Dove Pointe.