What’s a manicure worth? What about a haircut? Time for yourself? Now – what price would you put on an evening of pampering, complete with professional hair, make-up and nail treatments and a decadent dessert tea, all while your children are safely cared for nearby.
For the women of The Cridge Dovetail Services, that priceless evening was provided this week by the Dream Women at Adore Victoria, a congregation that meets at Glad Tidings church whose purpose is to love God, build community, serve the church and send prepared disciples. This was the second evening of pampering that the Dream Women, “A network of women of all ages who dream for their God, their church and their city,” have provided for Dovetail clients, and the gift of time, attention and fellowship is one that is hard to translate.
For many of us, getting a haircut is as routine as paying the electricity bill, but for some of our clients struggling with poverty, getting a haircut never quite gets to the top of the budget. For other clients recovering from abusive relationships that kept them isolated, an evening in a safe place with a group of friends old and new relaxing, connecting, chatting, and just being themselves is a gift beyond measure.
Marlene Letendre, the Dovetail staff person who attended the evening, said , “it’s hard to put into words what this evening means for the women. You can see them transform as they move from the manicure station to getting their hair and makeup done. It’s not just the outside changing. Some of the women said they couldn’t remember the last time someone paid so much kind attention to them.”
The first evening the Dream Women hosted Dovetail clients was in November 2011, and the clients continued to remark on what a special evening it was for more than a month afterwards. In their gracious generosity, their giving spirits and loving actions, the Dream Women of Adore truly embody the admonition of John “My little children, let us not love win word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).