A special day for women is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 4 as the First Assembly of God hosts its annul Hope Connects day.
Women 18 years and older are encouraged to attend this free event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 3906 Lakeview Dr.
"This is a day to reach out, give women hope that may be hopeless. It is a special day for senior citizens, who otherwise would be home alone," said Donnetta Hunter, the director for Hope Connects. "Some of our seniors cannot even afford to go out. It’s a day for women to connect with one another.
“It’s not only a day for women, but their children will have a fun filled day as well."
Day care is available for infants and toddlers and school age children will have a chance to get their face painted.
Hunter said the fire department will drop by and Waffle Woodward will be on hand. Lunch is provided and children will also receive a free coat.
The main focus is on the women who are able to attend.
“These women are going to receive a complete makeover, all done without a mirror until they are finished," Hunter said. "I saw a woman last year who came from the Northwestern Domestic Violence Crisis Center cry tears of joy when she first looked at herself in the mirror."
Haircuts and manicures are provided by A Cut Above.
"Once the ladies’ makeovers are complete, there will be a professional photographer on site to take their pictures," Hunter said. "There is going to be cooking classes, jewelry making, crafts, and a giveaway for a $50 gift card, and much more. To top this all off the women can enjoy an elegant dinner served to them on a set of fine China."
Woodward's Bernita Weber said she has attended Hope Connects for the past four years.
"I have made some good friends by coming here," she said. "I am on a fixed income and getting a free haircut helps me a lot."
Hunter said this is the sixth year for Hope Connects. Last year there were 75 women who participated and "we hope to have 100 women this year."
Marcia Eceves, assistant director with the Northwest Domestic Crisis Services, calls the event, "Empowering."
For additional information you can call the First Assembly of God Church at 580-256-3860.