Client Sheila Melvin received a beauty makeover that was featured on Fox 5 news on November 24, 2009. A participant in our Education and Employment Center (EEC) program, Sheila was in the hands of renowned stylist Paul Wharton, to get her job-interview ready. Paul enlisted the support of Macy’s By Appointment, which provided Sheila with a new interview outfit that included a black suit, blouse, shoes, purse, gloves, and jewelry. Her make-up was done at the Origins make-up counter at Macy’s. She also had her hair colored, cut, and styled at the Ted Gibson Salon.
Speaking to reporter Allison Seymour, Sheila said of her makeover, “I feel like a princess.” Sheila thinks that she is prepared now for any interview that comes her way. Currently, Sheila is working odd jobs, like caring for a senior citizen two days a week, and cleaning homes when opportunities arise.
Sheila started working with the EEC program in 2006 when she stayed in our Luther Place Night Shelter for three months. After moving into a single room occupancy unit, she kept in touch with us while she worked at Filene’s Basement (first part-time and then moving up to full-time after 1 year) and returned to EEC for support after she was laid off from Filene’s. Since then, she has worked on updating her computer skills at our partner agency Byte Back. We are happy to report that Sheila has completed several certificate programs with them, including an Excel Certification and will complete her Microsoft Office Suite Coursework in mid-December.
The experience has sparked Sheila’s excitement and enthusiasm in her job search. “This makeover recognizes Sheila’s hard work and determination to return to the workforce,” according to Ann McCreedy, EEC Manager. “The opportunity to work with Paul Wharton on this makeover highlights the amazing things that happen when community members combine their commitment to ending homelessness with their talent and skills,” she added. “We hope this inspires more supporters to think of creative ways to champion the mission of N Street Village,” Ann said.