Wichita, KS (OPENPRESS) February 22, 2012 -- Throughout the first quarter of 2012, Healing Waters Spa & Cosmetic Clinic has directed the efforts of their Pure Living philanthropic program to help abused women living at the YWCA shelter. These efforts include leading a clothing drive to collect professional attire for the women to wear during job interviews and hosting a "How to Interview Well" clinic.
Healing Waters and the YWCA have shared a partnership since early 2008 when the Pure Living program first launched. In the initial phases of the Pure Living program, Healing Waters focused specifically on helping abused women, offering free spa services one day a month to the women at the shelter. Over time, the program steadily evolved into its current format, with a stated mission to, "To help all women achieve a sense of health, wellness, and beauty, while aiding in their empowerment during all stages of their lives". The program is a part of both Healing Waters and its sister company, Pure MD Skin Science, and is based on four Transformational Principles-Calm, Correct, Balance, and Restore. Each principle has been assigned to one quarter of the year and during that quarter the companies focus on ways to honor that principle through charitable efforts. These principles also help guide the Healing Waters and Pure MD team in their relationship with their clients, staff, and community serving as a platform for helping their clients instigate change within their own life.
With the first quarter of 2012 being the Calm quarter, Healing Waters wanted to partner with the YWCA in a way that aided the women's development of independence. Program coordinator and long-time Healing Waters body therapist, Amy Waliczek has coordinated a clothing drive to collect professional attire for the women. The YWCA stressed the importance of professional attire because as part of their case plan, the women are encouraged to find a job leading to independence-a way to support herself and her children.
To date, the drive has been remarkably successful and in large part due to one of Waliczek's clients, David Coyle, owner of In the Bag Dry Cleaning. Waliczek reached out to Coyle to see if he might want to participate in some way. Coyle said absolutely and that very weekend showed up at the spa with an entire truckload-over 500 pieces-of professional clothing items including shirts, slacks, skirts, dresses, and suits. Coyle said a common occurrence in the dry cleaning industry is forgotten clothing. In the Bag had items on hand that had been there for years. Coyle said he was happy to see them donated to a good cause.
To further support the Calm mission during first quarter, Healing Waters will be hosting a workshop to educate the women on what reputable businesses look for in a candidate. The workshop will include topics on resume building and interview techniques. Speakers at the workshop will include Healing Waters managers Safia Lyon and Joyce Larson in addition to outside, professional career advisors.
In the last quarter of 2011, Healing Waters held a drive for the Advocacy Center, collecting spa items such as robes, eye pillows, make up, and personal items for the shelter, in addition to hosting a Polar Express Party for the children. Waliczek said, "This event allowed the women to take a night for themselves to relax. We watched the movie and ate snacks-the kiddos loved it!" The children all wore their PJs to the event and Dr. Davis, the Healing Waters Medical Director, donated Polar Express books to each child.
These efforts are only a fraction of what Healing Waters and Pure MD hope to accomplish with the Pure Living program. To help expand their reach and impact, Waliczek wants to get more of the Healing Waters clients involved, "Our clients have a lot of heart", she said, "it's just a matter of getting the information out there". Waliczek is asking the Healing Waters clients to submit ideas, organizations, and/or programs that they are passionate about.
Healing Waters Spa & Cosmetic Clinic is asking for your support in spreading the word about Pure Living and the Calm Quarter Clothing Drive. They are asking for donations of women's professional attire in good repair with no stains or tears. Items can be delivered to Healing Waters Spa & Cosmetic Clinic at 2000 N. Rock Rd., Ste 101, Wichita, KS 67206. To learn more about these organizations, visit www.HealingWatersBeauty.com and www.pureMD.com.