BY MICHAEL OVERALL World Staff Writer
Thursday, May 10, 2012
5/13/12 at 7:21 AM
Forty women received hand-delivered invitations to a luxurious spa Wednesday, complete with massages, pedicures, haircuts and a centerpiece spread of fresh fruit and cookies.
"Everybody deserves to feel special and kind of be pampered for a while," explained Alyssa Gossen, director of the women's ministry at the John 3:16 homeless shelter in downtown Tulsa. "When you look your best on the outside, you feel your best on the inside."
For the second year in a row, stylists volunteered for "A Day of Beauty" to give makeovers to some of the women who frequent the John 3:16 Mission.
Other invitations went to the nearby Salvation Army shelter and the Day Center for the Homeless.
"Life can be hard," Gossen said. "We wanted to make this one day relaxing and fun."
For nearly three hours, the women chatted, snacked and preened.
"I've never had a haircut like this before," said Anita Nipper, trying out her new bob cut. "It's a life-changing deal. It really is."
After having their hair and makeup done, the women sat for professional portraits.
Many of them planned to use the prints this weekend as Mother's Day gifts, either giving them to their own mothers or to their children.
"Sometimes you feel like you can't make a difference," said Liz Tinker, a stylist from Studio 2 Hair Design. "But really, there are lots of ways that you can."
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Claudette Schexnider has her hair done Wednesday by volunteer stylist Holly Klenda at the John 3:16 Mission's "Day of Beauty." STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World
Jennifer Cooper has her nails done Wednesday by Miracle Washington at the John 3:16 Mission. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World
Anita Nipper (center) shows off her haircut Wednesday to stylist Liz Tinker (left) and Alyssa Gossen, director of the women's ministry at the John 3:16 Mission. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World