Often times we forget about the old and appreciate the new, but it’s time we appreciate those who came before us.

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Community

Organizations Boom For Older Generations

By Paola Chavez, Khiree Stewart and LaToria “Toria Vaughan” Todd

RICHMOND, VA (Nov. 10, 2012)- They claim to have been through it all, but with the “Baby Boomer” generation getting older and the number of senior citizens rising, more attention is being put on the organizations that help cater to their care. There are 83 listings of Senior Citizen Services and Organizations in the city of Richmond that each outlines their individual mission to help better the lives of seniors.

Among the listings is The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond who for over 25 years has been serving people over 50 with personal service and education. This non-profit organization is run by a community of volunteers whose mission is to enrich the lives of those over 50 and promote the importance of independent living.

Most people receive services through word of mouth because the center does not advertise due to the fact that people might take advantage of it in the wrong capacity. Advertising is also expensive which can be a problem because they are funded entirely by donations from the community.

“Most funds are from individuals and from some congregations and small foundations,” said Linda Frank, the Operating Director.

“I think it’s important for them to realize that they have a support system, our main goal is to empower them and encourage them to continue to give meaning to their lives,” said volunteer of the Shepherd’s Center, Brittany Houhoulis.

Citizen, George Walter has been served by The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond, for about three years. Pictured enjoying his afternoon with volunteer Brittany Houhoulis.

Citizen, George Walter has been served by The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond, for about three years. Pictured enjoying his afternoon with volunteer Brittany Houhoulis.

The center provides transportation to medical appointments, groceries, light handyman help, bookkeeping, and friendly calls and visits. In addition the shepherd’s center offers a variety of classes in the Richmond area for higher learning.

“I volunteer for The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond, because I like to give back. I believe all these people deserve the attention and to be cared for. As volunteers we get nothing in return, but the simple satisfaction of making people happy,” said volunteer Dante LeGare.

The Shepherds Center shares the same goals as many senior citizen organizations and even operates with some other organizations as well, such as Senior Connections.

Senior Connections is a private Richmond area non-profit agency that provides resources for senior citizens. Established in 1973, the agency provides services to seniors such as caregiver support, insurance counseling, money management, senior employment, and many others.

“They’re helping my grandmother with finding volunteer work around the area,” said Chris Naji. “The work they find her keeps her out during the day and she loves it.”

Another one of the agency’s distinctive is the ability for volunteers and others to support a senior. The agency has a webpage with a story about a senior and their family who may be going through hardship and trouble. People can donate to help support that person through the webpage.

“I read a story about a lady who lives in an unheated home and cannot afford to have it heated and it really kind of made me feel prompted to give something,” said Matthew Gu.

The organization is funded with an undisclosed amount of money through the Virginia Department for the Aging along with the city government but people can also just donate to the organization even if they chose not to support a senior.

One of the agency’s most used services is information and assistance which helps its members locate services that best fits their needs and they receive roughly 25,000 calls annually.

The Shepherds Center and Senior Connections are a part of a network of around 700 area agencies on aging which is also known as the AAA which has around 25 located in Virginia. Together, these organizations help improve the lives of the people responsible for building the world we have today.

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RELATED LINKS

Richmond Senior citizens’ services/organizations- http://www.yellowpages.com

Ladies…this is something you can’t afford to miss out on.

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Leisure

Christy’s Beauty Salon

Ladies and Gentlemen::Irresistible Prices You Can’t Resist

Conveniently located in Midlothian, VA, Christy’s Hair Salon excels in all aspects of what a Dominican hair salon does. Ladies love the shop and their prices matched with their quality of work is incomparable.

The outside of the hair salon is easily identified with convenient hours for both employee and clientele.

The outside of the hair salon is easily identified with convenient hours for both employee and clientele.

By: LaToria “Toria Vaughan” Todd

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Dominican Hair stylist and business owner, Christy Estebez is a trending hair stylist in the Richmond area.

Estebez always loved to do hair, but having a hair shop was the last thing on her mind. She grew up in house full of teachers; even her siblings aspired to be teachers.

It wasn’t until 2009 that Christy opened up her shop because she enjoyed it so much. Her Husband Emilio Estebez works at their other shop, also conveniently located in Richmond.

According to Estebez her salon specializes in styling African American hair because it is similar to the hair texture of a Dominican.

For Estebez, tending to the clients and being able to speak to customers on a personal level is important because it allows her to have a personal relationship with her clients, which in turn increases retention.

Cleanliness and spaciousness is an important aspect of Christy’s Hair Salon.

Cleanliness and spaciousness is an important aspect of Christy’s Hair Salon.

“What makes this shop different from every other shop is that this one is clean, spacious, and we tend to our clients,” said Kenia Marte, 18, an employee of Christy’s.

Customer satisfaction seems to be an ongoing theme with this hair shop. The value and priority of this salon is the customer.

“ I specialize in relaxers, natural hair, and everything; I love it when a customer is satisfied with their hair and love it,” said Rosa Reyes, 20, an employee of Christy’s.

Not only does it matter to Estebez that her clients are satisfied, but the direct impact she is able to make on her employees are just as important.

“ This is a second home for us, not only does Christy treat us well as a boss, but she is understanding and I just enjoy going to work everyday, most people hate going to work and dread it everyday when they wake up…. me, I love it,” said Marte.

Priding herself on teaching and training her employees without experience, Estebez encourages cosmetology licenses in order fro her employees to further not only their education, but within the profession as well.

 “I’m studying right now to get my cosmetology license,” said Estabez translating what Lisa Hernandez said in Spanish.

This is on the second level of the hair shop where there are plenty of dryers to assist many clients at the same time.

This is on the second level of the hair shop where there are plenty of dryers to assist many clients at the same time.

There are two levels at Christy’s. The bottom level is where the main hair stations are and a few hair dryers. The second level is up a short staircase where the hair is washed, deep conditioned, rolled up, and ready to be styled.

“Clients are special to me and it’s important that they feel as though I have personalized a style for them” said Estebez.

The prices at Christy’s are unbeatable, not only is their work quality, but their prices are affordable.

The prices at Christy’s are unbeatable, not only is their work quality, but their prices are affordable.

According to Marte there are $15 specials on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a wash and set.

“My prices are similar to that in New York. There is so much competition here that I have to keep my prices low in order to continue to receive customers, though we do get a lot of consistent customers,” said Estebez.

According to Estebez, owning her own hair salon is her best investment yet because she gets to do what she loves while making others happy.

“It’s important to make the client feel at home and comfortable, that’s my trick. You get to know the customer and personalize styles for them, they’ll come back.”

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Reporter: LaToria “Toria Vaughan” Todd

RELATED LINKS

Christy’s Beauty Salon: http://christybeautysalon.com/