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Angel Faces: Giving the Gift of Hope
For three years Natallie-Rose Phillips has volunteered her services to an amazing organization, Angel Faces Retreat, dedicated to providing healing retreats and ongoing support designed to inspire adolescent girls with severe facial disfigurements to achieve their optimum potential. Angel Faces Retreat offers its attendees professionally led discussion groups that create a safe place for these girls to discuss the impact their disfigurement has on their physical, mental and emotional well-being. In addition, throughout the week-long retreat, each girl is given exercise programs, presentations from others with similar issues who are making their lives work, classes in using art and journaling as ways to express their emotions, self-care techniques, corrective cosmetic techniques and, of course, hair styling classes.
Natallie-Rose has joined the retreat's team of professional hair stylists who come up to Angel Faces during Spa Day to volunteer their talents and treat the girls to complete hair makeovers! At the close of Spa Day when the girls apply all the techniques they have learned throughout the retreat, their personal growth and self respect quickly surfaces.
It's common to see the shedding of tears when they look in the mirror after their makeovers! "Oh My Gosh . . . You look so beautiful," cried one girl to another. According to Natallie, the gift is definitely in the giving. "When you have the opportunity to make someone feel good about themselves, you receive so much more than you have given. I feel blessed for the opportunity to have worked with this organization."
If you would like to know more about how you can help the Angel Faces Retreat assist more of those in need, visit their website at www.angelfacesretreat.org .