Esthetic therapy in shelters and hospitals
Leadership and decision making
The esthetic therapy trainer explain manicure techniques to participants.
Esthetic therapy workshop between "mother and daughter" in a shelter in Paris.
In France, there are very few organizations with the capacity to provide homeless women with effective support to help them achieve financial and social stability. One of the main barriers to reintegration is the lack of self-confidence, personal hygiene and attention to their well being.
The project arose through partnerships with CEW, an association which has developed free beauty salons in hospitals since 1996, and Group SOS, which manages numerous homeless shelters. This project developed and delivered esthetic therapy services to meet the needs of women in five of Groupe SOS’s shelters and in the Jean Jaures Hospital in Paris. Group workshops and individual beauty treatments were offered to homes and critically ill women as a means to improve their self-confidence and prevent social withdrawal.
Fondation CHANEL has supported from the beginning the implementation of this socio-aesthetic service on an experimental basis. Then she accompanied its sustainability both for the users of shelters for those in the hospital.
- In 3 years, more than 780 people have taken part in community workshops and 1,500 individual beauty treatments have been offered in shelters.
- In the Jean Jaurès Hospital, more than 2 000 patients undergoing chemotherapy or end of life care benefited from beauty treatments to preserve their dignity and enhance their well-being.
- The sustainability of this project is fully guaranteed for the Jean Jaurès Hospital and partially for shelters.
The mission of the SOS Group is to allow everyone, whatever their background and income, access to quality services in line with their basic needs: education, housing, social inclusion, employability and healthcare.
The CEW Beauty Centres design, equip and fund free beauty care programs in hospitals.