December 26, 2005, profoundly changed our lives forever. Our dear cousin and sister, Melissa Marantz Nealy was taken from us at 28 years old from a degenerative neuromuscular disease.
Two years later, on a Sunday morning we were on the phone and began discussing the things that made Melissa happy and gave her a quality of life while she was sick. One of those things was the beauty treatments Alicia had set up for her to have at home - hair blown dry, manicures and pedicures, facials. It was easy for Alicia to set these up because her career was in the beauty industry, but it was expensive.
After a lengthy conversation came the idea for the Beauty Bus Foundation, a non-profit that provides in-home beauty and grooming services free of charge to home-bound patients and their primary caregivers.
After a year of work incorporating Beauty Bus Foundation, purchasing web domains, laying out our mission, and working with our attorney to build the foundation of the Foundation, we were granted 501(c)(3) status on January 12, 2009.
Feeling beautiful and pampered gives a lift. Being pampered and touched by someone other than a physician or medical practitioner is rare for people who are suffering from diseases and impairments.
A beauty or grooming treatment gives people an activity to look forward to, an hour out of their disease.
Many caregivers are family members; wives, children, parents, siblings who do not have the time, energy or funds to take care of themselves. They too need a lift and need to be reminded that they matter.
The Beauty Bus Foundation strives to make our clients feel beautiful inside and out, to raise self esteem, to help maintain dignity and to enhance quality of life.
Mission: The Beauty Bus Foundation deliversdignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products. Beauty Bus accomplishesour mission through In-Home Beauty and Grooming Services, Pop-Up Salons, and the Bag of Beauty Program. Beauty Bus core program provides in-home beauty andgrooming services, free of charge, to patients whose illness or conditionprevents them from accessing a salon or spa, and their caregivers.
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