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Ruby Violet Project makes slow progress

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 20, 2012
What it is: The Ruby Violet Project is a program that gives salon professionals an opportunity to provide free beauty and spa services to abused women.

Rachel Teubert, manager of Simple Scissors Salon and Spa, who wanted to mix her talents and compassion to give back to other women. She created Ruby Violet in July 2010.


Teubert started Ruby Violet with the help of Jeni Sauser of Studio 107 and the YWCA Rock County, which operates an Alternatives to Violence Program. Together they make a difference in the lives of battered women by offering salon services at their places of business.


Ruby Violet also is raising money to fulfill the dream of having an equipped recreational vehicle to travel to shelters to offer salon experiences to help women feel better about themselves, again, because many of these women don't have cars, Tuebert said.


The RV would include three salon stations, a pedicure table, a massage chair and a manicure table.


Cost of RV: $75,000.

The original cost was estimated at $15,000 to revamp a donated bus. But Chad Barnes of Barnes Building and Remodeling, Janesville, who is volunteering his services, said it would cost more to convert the donated bus into a mobile salon than buying an RV and revamping it, Teubert said.


Money raised to date: $5,250.
Number of salon professionals involved so far: Four—Simple Scissors, Studio 107, C K Bloom and Images by Ginny.

Organizers have reached out to about 100 salons through informational meetings and calls. Some have shown an interest. But more awareness is needed so these salons know exactly what is being asked of them.


"I think there is a lack of knowledge regarding how to contribute," Teubert said.


What's the progress: "We'd like to make a plea to other salons to donate their time and gift certificates for services. This is such a great opportunity to make a huge difference in these women's lives," Teubert said.

Several fundraisers already have taken place and project organizers have ideas for more fundraisers. But since one of the group's lead people is no longer able to be part of the group, "we need to re-evaluate," Teubert said.


While money continues to be raised for an equipped traveling RV, the YWCA maintains a list of participating salons and gives women in need of a manicure, massage or hair cut, a gift certificate to use in a participating salon whose staff receives training from the YWCA through its national Cut It Out program. This program builds awareness of domestic abuse and educates salon professionals to recognize warning signs so they can safely refer clients for domestic violence help.


Completion date: Past. A new one hasn't been set.
For more information/handout materials or to donate: Contact the YWCA Rock County at (608) 752-5445. Or visit rubyvioletrv.com.

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