Join us at our next Pop-Up Giving Event
Come join us at our next Pop-Up Giving Event in La Crescenta celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday!
We’re collecting personal care items (especially travel size items) for the Glendale Community College Food For Thought Pantry benefitting local students who are experiencing food and resource scarcity.
Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop – November 2019
When YES – Youth Emerging Stronger mentioned that their homeless, runaway and foster youth could benefit from professional makeup and wardrobe advice, we knew just the people to call!
Our makeup artist and stylist friends from TV, movies and commercials jumped right in to plan and host a “Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop” held on a Sunday afternoon at a YES group home.
Our volunteers and 12 youth played “Name that Job” wardrobe games and learned how to choose job interview clothes that best reflect their future professions. The youth also learned how to apply their makeup in a natural and professional way bringing out the beauty within each of them.
However, what we believed would be a workshop of teaching, actually turned out to be an afternoon about something much more powerful – CONNECTION.
CONNECTION is having a shared experience with others that involves laughter and goodwill. It involves a sense of being open and taking the time to listen to someone else and then feeling listened to and understood. It turns out that sitting in a makeup chair is one of the best forms of CONNECTION! We discovered a shared sense of intimacy, an ease of laughter and conversation, and a feeling of vulnerability and care. Genuine smiles lit up faces. And nervous giggles became full belly laughs.
One of the best things about Pop-Up Giving Events is that we are always learning more about what it means to share our gifts with others. We discovered that sharing our expertise in makeup and clothes was simply the entry point into CONNECTION and a way to truly see not just with our eyes but with our hearts.
We are especially proud to be supported by Pacifica Beauty – a vegan, cruelty-free clean brand of makeup products. Pacifica Beauty donated makeup kits to each young person attending our workshop. Thank you Pacifica Beauty for your kindness and generosity!
Family Portrait Day
Family is the glue that holds communities together. The dictionary defines a family as “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household”. However, a family can be any group that involves a sense of belonging, connectedness, love, respect and support.
Our Family Portrait Day at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Family Shelter was a celebration of all families – families transitioning out of homelessness, families volunteering together, and families of all shapes, sizes and configurations!
This is Suzette. She is celebrating the birth of her new baby 5 days ago. She lives at the shelter with her 3 small children after the death of her partner. Suzette is working hard as an accountant and saving money to move into a home of her own. Congratulations to the new mom!
We hope these family portraits will serve as a happy reminder of all things family. Click here to learn more about The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and how you can help support neighborhood families move out of homelessness.
Everyone has a gift to give. What’s yours?
A very special thank you to Gary Allen for his generous sponsorship of this event.