The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter is planning a special day for all of its female residents. On May 25th, 2017, the female residents will be treated to a spa day filled with hair and nail appointments, facials, eye exams, clothes, lunch, professional portraits, and ending with tea service.
Women who are living in the Shelter will be transported via limousines to have their hair and nails done at Texarkana College Cosmetology School, facials at the Beauty and Wellness Center, eye exams and glasses as needed at The Eye Guys, have lunch at Twisted Fork, have a portrait taken by Debbie Brower and will end their day having tea at the Collins Home operated by Hands on Texarkana. The women will also be choosing an outfit from Mary’s Closet at First United Methodist Church Texarkana, TX and will receive a goody bag filled with personal items to take back to the Shelter.
“This event will be our second annual spa day. We know this event helps give our female residents the confidence they need as they work toward reaching their goals, said Jennifer Laurent, Shelter executive director. The event was started, and continues to be organized by, Board member Julie Collins. Julie wanted to help give our ladies a boost of confidence that was so needed and began working to coordinate such a special day. Sponsors and vendors working at a reduced fee make it possible for us to offer this opportunity. We are so grateful for the committee members who are making this day happen.”
The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter is an emergency shelter for adult men and women. In 2016-2017 it underwent a renovation and expansion, doubling the size of the women’s shelter, and installing central heat and air among other needed renovations. It is the only completely free, 125-bed facility in an 85-mile-radius. In the first four months of 2017, 53 people moved from the Shelter into permanent housing. In 2016, 178 people moved from the Shelter into permanent housing.
The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter, Inc., a 501c(3) organization, was developed as a product of a labor of love. Randy Sams was a local teenager who volunteered at the local Outreach Kitchen. In May 1993, Randy was tragically killed. In honor of their son, Randy’s parents donated land and seed money to establish a shelter that would serve the Greater Texarkana community, hungry, poor, and homeless. The RSOS opened on January 6, 1996, and now averages between 90-95 guests per night. To date, the RSOS has transitioned over 1,250 clients to permanent housing from the RSOS and over 12,500 community clients have received utility assistance, rental assistance and food baskets.
The community can help by providing monetary support, or donations of food, clothing, hygiene and cleaning supplies as well as paper goods and towels, sheets and other household items. Many volunteer opportunities are available.
For more information or to volunteer please contact Randy Sams’ at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-280-7549.