Organization helps homeless get photo-ready for job search

- A local organization is aiming to help homeless people create a professional online image for their job searches.

With a blow dry, a style and a little makeup, Stepping Stone in Anoka is helping people get started on the right foot.

“On an everyday basis, I feel kinda low,’ said Nicole Reeves, a participant. “I mean, I have kids that aren't with me and are with family and the fact that I can’t afford to go buy makeup or do my own hair, so this is a big deal. Yeah, it helps.”

Stepping Stone is a shelter for adults who are without a home, but not without a future.  The hope is Wednesday’s makeovers and headshots will help take them to that next chapter of life.

“We all care about each other, so it's nice to see everyone smile and look happy for once here,” said Anthony Smith, a participant.

Smith got a trim and he's dressed and ready for his headshot. He's going to use it for his resume. 

“Probably go into accounting,” said Smith. “I like numbers a lot. I can work with them pretty well. So hopefully, I can find a job with that somewhere.”

Ashley is already in the workforce, but she's working toward an even better job.

“Right now, I am a temporary office assistant for the county,” said Ashley Micheletti, a participant.  “I went through the workforce center and got certified in Microsoft and Excel and I have just applied for another job there.”

All the stylists, the makeup artists, the photographers were all volunteers. 

For more information about Stepping Stone, click here.

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