Women experiencing homelessness are being given the gift of pride and renewal thanks to a generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center. The club donated $1,000 to create a beauty salon at the Four Oaks Day Services Center. Located at 7401 Warwick Boulevard, Four Oaks helps people transition out of homelessness into employment, stable housing and independence.
Quincy White, the Executive Director of the Four Oaks Day Services Center, recently presented to the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center. He shared information on the Center’s services, as well as upcoming job fairs and workforce development initiatives. The current club President, Sharon Martin, was inspired by the transformational work that takes place at Four Oaks. After visiting the site and learning that, while Four Oaks includes an on-site barber shop staffed by volunteers, there is not a beauty salon for female clients, she came up with a plan to create one.
Martin has held a Cosmetology license for 37 years, so she understands how having nicely styled hair leads to increased pride and confidence, both of which the women who are served at Four Oaks need during job interviews. According to Martin, “We are called to share our resources and, when our financial resources align with our skills and passions, everyone wins.”
As President of the Rotary Club, Martin is given $1,000 to donate to a local non-profit organization of her choice, and she is using these discretionary funds to develop the salon, as well as provide other supplies. Women will be able to come to Four Oaks to get their hair cut and styled, so they can leave renewed and more self-assured, ready to take the next step in life.
“To accomplish our goal as a city of making homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring, we at Four Oaks rely on community partners like the Rotary Club to assist in meeting the needs of our homeless citizens,” said Quincy White. “The goal of every program at Four Oaks is to build a sense of sustainability and a mindset of independence. Partners like the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center help us provide hope to those we serve and empower them to rise above their circumstances.”
Four Oaks is partnering with Newport News YouthBuild to complete the project. YouthBuild helps young people ages 16-24 gain work-based education that leads to industry-recognized credentials, employment placement or apprenticeships. YouthBuild participants will receive on-the-job training by renovating a room at Four Oaks and creating the salon. The Heart of Giving will provide equipment and supplies needed for the salon. The goal is to open the beauty salon in early September.
Four Oaks is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is operated by the Newport News Department of Human Services. If you are homeless and need services or if you know of someone who would benefit from support, please encourage them to come to Four Oaks. To learn more about the Center and how you can get involved, call 757-975-5200.