DRESSING FOR SUCCESS: CHERYL AND WILLIAM
One of the things Cheryl and I did that made a difference when we stayed in shelter, said William Pitts, was to make sure we didn’t wear the homelessness, by putting in the effort every day to look nice.
Cheryl and William Pitts stayed in our residential shelter with their baby girl Helen in 2013. These days Cheryl is the operations manager at Carmichael Salon. She’s also a part-time coordinator for Dress for Success.
Grateful for all that Raphael House did to help her and her family when they were homeless, Cheryl wanted to give something back. So she organized a workshop for the parents at Raphael House where she and her husband shared advice and encouragement based on their own experience of having to look for work and housing while living in shelter. The focus was on personal appearance, grooming, and financial literacy.
Our Moms enjoyed a special night of makeovers thanks to Cheryl’s colleagues at Carmichael Salon who donated their services as stylists and make-up artists to give them tips and ideas for putting together a polished look on a tight budget and with minimal time. Each mom also received a bag chock full of beauty products, grooming tools, and organizing items donated by Sephora, Carmichael Salon, Gama Go, and Dress for Success.
And all of our parents will have an opportunity to receive professional clothing. We’re grateful to Cheryl and William and all who contributed to this special evening for Raphael House families!