An organization called "Style Me Hired" is presenting a new twist on the classic "makeover" story. In rough economic times, many women don't just need a new hairstyle or bronzer-- they need an entire lifestyle change.
That's why Style Me Hired tackles both, giving struggling women a free makeover, and then presenting them with a unique job opportunity.
The most recent recipient was single mother of five Nanette Garvey, who was surprised at her Pennsylvania home by Marc Voci, the owner Marc Voci Salon in Folsom.
Garvey seemed unable to control her excitement, waving and smiling at the cameras as she left.
"I've never had anything like this happen to me" she said, emerging in black pants, tennis shoes, and a blue shirt.
Having recently lost her job, Garvey said she's been having trouble managing her finances and providing all she can for her children.
"I have to be really strong for them, and it's not easy all the time, so something like this-- and for them to actually experience that too...it can do a lot for a person. Especially a woman!"
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She was whisked away to the salon where stylists gave her a new hairdo and clothing from Clothes Mentor in West Chester. Voci has been doing these monthly makeovers for the past two years. He says it's about "Local businesses teaming up, same mindset, to help these women and men in this economy and try to bring some joy to this world."
Just last month Voci surprised a woman whose home was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. "Not only did we give her a makeover, we had her house fixed for free" said Voci.
Garvey won the makeover by filling out a card at the salon. "I thought, let me try, it could be something that could give me a new lease, you know, a new beginning for me and my kids" she said.
When the salon component of the makeover was complete, a man dressed as Santa came in and provided the most meaningful gift: a full-time job opportunity with Educational Data Systems Incorporated (EDSI), a consulting services company.
"Amazing. I never really thought anything like this would happen," she said, practically speechless. "Not at all, not at all. I'm overwhelmed at this point."
From there, "Santa" took Garvey on a fire truck, where they drove to deliver presents to her children.
(Photo via Anita Coppens)
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“It's hard but I have a lot of family and friends that support me and are there for me no matter what. I teach my kids that you will always family and friends. Someone will always be there for you,” said Garvey.
While it’s not a guarantee that Nanette will get the job, it’s a major opportunity for the Folsom native and one that we’re confident she’ll take full advantage of. Most importantly, it's a Holiday memory that Nanette and her family will never forget.
Salon owner Marc Voci simply said: "The holiday spirit is alive and well in Delaware County."