“Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world” -Horst Rechelbacher
I have walked through the same door, and passed the same sign, stating the same mission statement above, for 8 years. Little did I know, the small inked words from a piece of art would consume me.
Wednesday May 29th I was scrolling through Facebook and read a post I couldn’t scroll past. It was calling for a make-up artist for the homeless. Without hesitation, I immediately commented willing to donate my skill.
Later that evening, I heard the ring of my messenger. As I looked at the message, I recognized the circular profile picture as the woman who posted asking for help. The woman stated she was homeless and had a job interview Friday.
A JOB INTERVIEW – A chance to make a paycheck, a chance to get on her own two feet, a chance to have a home of her own. The dream of not being homeless for too much longer.
Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in. We give back to society. We set an example for leadership and responsibility around the world.
Finally, it was Friday, the day of the longed for interview. The day I was going to officially meet the woman who craved my help.
To my surprise she drove a nice car, wearing average clothing; and I noticed her fingernail polish was better than mine. I quickly second guessed my donation. You see, when you give, you MUST give without expectation.
I formally introduced myself and guided her to my station. We consulted about how she wanted to appear for her interview.
Before we started the shampoo, she graciously held my hand, thanking me for my help. During the course of the service, she relaxed, as most clients do, and started to open up, sharing some of her story. I felt so honored to become a part of it.
Moving here almost one month ago from Chicago, she was desperate for a new start. As you all should know, you can achieve ANYTHING you set your mind to. She explained It was not an option for her to live on the streets. She researched local shelters but found them to be more like rehab facilities than just a safe place to find temporary shelter. Going above and beyond, she hunted for help. In exchange for free household help, she found a sponsor willing to help until she landed a job.
I just listened as she opened up. I only had two questions:
1. Why Georgia?
“I heard Georgia has a lot of southern hospitality”
WOW! Just when I think the world can’t get any more cruel, someone moves here for kindness.
2. What job is your interview for?
WHAT? A homeless person sure does have high expectations for herself.
She has reached for the stars and has already caught half of the sky! In no more than thirty minutes this woman has made more of an impression on me than I ever expected.
Tears quickly flooded my eyes. I hadn’t ever felt so much joy for someone other than my husband becoming a father.
With no charge, her service was now completed at Anazao Salon. Later that evening I received another messenger notification. I opened the message from the woman I now called a friend. It read “I got the job and start next week, thank you”.
I encourage you all to care for the world we live in.
Find joy in giving back to society.
Become your goals.
Do not judge your peers. You never know what the woman in the t-shirt and jeans next to you is running from.
-Amanda – On A Mission…