Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter Holds 3rd Annual Spa Day for Residents in memory of Julie Collins


The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter held a special day for all of its female residents. On June 18th, 2018, the female residents of the Shelter were treated to a spa day filled with hair and nail appointments, facials, eye exams, clothes, lunch, professional portraits, and ended with tea service.

Women who are living in the Shelter were transported via a party bus from Party Bus Rentals 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, lunch at Twisted Fork, portraits taken by Erin Rogers/TXK Today, tea at the Collins Home operated by Hands on Texarkana. The women chose an outfit from Mary’s Closet at First United Methodist Church Texarkana, TX and received a goody bag filled with personal items to take back to the Shelter.

“This event is our third annual spa day and the first since we lost the event founder, Julie Collins. We know this event gives our female residents the confidence they need as they work toward reaching their goals, said Jennifer Laurent, Shelter executive director. We are grateful JCM has donated money to help make this day a reality for our ladies. 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. It is the only completely free, 136-bed facility in an 85-mile-radius.

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 95-100 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 jenniferlaurent@cableone.net or call 903-280-7549.

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