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Published on March 22, 2016

Homeless women enjoy a day of respite

By St. Augustine Record

Dozens of the county’s homeless women, both sheltered and unsheltered, spent an afternoon focused on their wellbeing March 19 at St. Cyprians Episcopal Church.

Local organizations came together to provide a day of respite for the participants.

Compassionate St. Augustine provided infrastructure, personnel and organizational support. Panache Salon volunteers offered haircuts, manicures, makeup and massage with complimentary framed photos provided by Brad and Robin Cooper.

Outside, Island Duet provided live entertainment to complement a hot lunch served by Shepherd’s Haven.

The St. Vincent Mobile Medical van collaborated with the Wildflower Clinic to provide exams and screenings, and more than a dozen nonprofit service providers were there to explain their services.

The women were invited to “shop” in the boutique for clothing, shoes, jewelry and purses collected by St. Anastasia and San Sebastian Catholic churches, among others, and raffles were held throughout the afternoon for gift cards, jewelry and a new bike.

Most of the providers were members of the county’s major homeless agency, the St. Johns County Continuum of Care. It is the umbrella organization to address homelessness in the county. Membership is open to anyone interested in working together, particularly leaders of the business and faith-based communities.

The organization meets monthly at the new Health and Human Services complex on San Sebastian View. The next general membership meeting will be at 9 a.m. April 13.

To be part of the effort to help some of the area’s most vulnerable neighbors, bring your ideas to the meeting.

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