On Saturday February 1, 2014, N Street Village was honored to welcome Touraine Lynch and her talented team of cosmetologists as they hosted a “Day of Beauty” for the N Street Village community. Touraine is the founder and president of the Enchanting Women Foundation, which assists woman, young teens, and children facing debilitating situations. Touraine herself is no stranger to difficult situations. In 2002, diagnosed with lymphoma cancer she underwent various chemotherapy treatments, stem cell transplants, and radiation therapy that caused her to have speech loss. Touraine vowed that if she recovered she would dedicate her time to helping the less fortunate, which is exactly what she does today.
Touraine and her team transformed N Street Village’s multipurpose room into a full beauty bar. N Street Village clients and residents lined up to have their make-up professionally done, nails painted and to receive a massage from Touraine herself. While many of the women were open to talking with the cosmetologists, they were reluctant initially to have their photos taken, many citing that they felt tired or not pretty. However, the minute they left the makeup chair their spirit lifted and they could be seen smiling for the photographer as if they were on a red carpet runway.
It was a festive yet humbling experience to witness the transformation of all the women who participated in the “Day of Beauty.” Being able to observe something as simple as how nail polish could change someone’s day around reminded us how little acts of kindness can have a very meaningful impact. The women at N Street Village who are experiencing homelessness and other related challenges are always on the go, always working hard to make changes in their lives and like everyone else, they need moments of relaxation, self-reflection, and fun.
By Gabrielle Gunter and Haley Ford – Gabrielle and Haley are currently interning with N Street Village’s Development team through the The Washington Center. Gabrielle attends Monmouth University and is majoring in political science and sociology with future plans to study sociology and social justice at the graduate level. Haley Ford is a junior at Suffolk University working towards a bachelor’s degree in Government and Applied Legal Studies. Haley hopes to get her J.D. one day and work as a nonprofit attorney.