When Tampa business owner Vanessa Howard was homeless and suicidal, she vowed to give back if she ever got on her feet.
Now, the proud mother successfully runs her own beauty spa, which offers free pampered evenings once a month for homeless and impoverished women in the area. So far, she has helped 275 women and children.
Howard told CBS News,
“I know the struggle. That’s why I give so hard. I’m looking to help restore women. I’m looking to help restore children, because, again, that pain is a part of my purpose.”
At just over $300 per woman, Howard’s Giving Hands Beauty Salon runs its complementary spa nights with volunteer helping hands, such as those of her five daughters and aid from the community.
“We want them to feel like a princess for a day. It’s important, especially during their transition,” Howard said. “I want them to be confident because if they’re confident they excel.”
Each woman receives a manicure and pedicure, haircut and eyebrow wax, a facial and a makeover. And the women pray for one another, relying on a spirit of unity and healing to help them succeed.