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LovelySkin gives back!

LovelySkin and Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently donated a SilkPeel to Project Harmony for the nonprofit organization’s 12th annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The event hosted 400 people and raised $65,000 to benefit Project Harmony and its mission to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect.

Donations to Project Harmony make a difference.

Project Harmony provides immediate, effective and sensitive support to children who are victims or suspected victims of abuse and neglect. The organization also provides services to non-offending family members. The organization offers medical evaluations, forensic interviews, counseling and family advocacy services to children throughout eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Project Harmony’s annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration raises donations to support victims of child abuse and promotes an end to child abuse and neglect.

Project Harmony depends on the help of donors and volunteers.

Since opening in 1996, Project Harmony has become a national model of public and private collaboration. The nonprofit organization has assembled a team of law enforcement, social service, medical and referral professionals who work together to dramatically improve how the community responds to child abuse. Donations to this child-centered organization allow Project Harmony to continue to protect and support victims of abuse.

In order to continue its important services, Project Harmony relies on the generosity of donors. Without their support, many of eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa’s children would go unserved.

To learn more about Project Harmony and how you can donate and volunteer, visit the organization’s website.

 

A group of LovelySkin employees recently volunteered their time to repaint the hallways at the Siena/Francis House. A fresh coat of paint helped freshen up the building to make it feel more like home to the individuals and families who visit the shelter.

Volunteering at the Siena/Francis House like LovelySkin employees did makes a difference at the shelter.

The Siena/Francis House is Nebraska’s largest shelter, providing food, clothing and lodging for homeless individuals and families from Omaha and surrounding communities. The organization hosted nearly 3,600 people last year. The volunteers from LovelySkin helped keep the Siena/Francis House in tip-top shape for its many visitors.

The Siena/Francis House depends on help from volunteers like the LovelySkin team.

Since its opening in 1975, the Siena/Francis House has continued its mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and clothe the needy throughout the greater Omaha community. The organization has an open door policy, meaning the shelter never turns away a person in need regardless of the circumstances that brought him or her to the Siena/Francis House. The shelter also houses a chemical addictions treatment center, a day services center, an employment training program and a medical clinic.

In order to continue its numerous outreach programs, the Siena/Francis House relies on the help and support of volunteers. Without their generosity, many of Omaha’s homeless would go unserved.

To learn more about the Siena/Francis House, visit the organization’s website.

Joel Schlessinger donates to the 2015 Brownell-Talbot School Gala

Many private schools in the Omaha area rely on participation and donations from members of the community. Joel Schlessinger and his family continue to donate their time and efforts to many schools and education programs in Omaha. This year, Joel Schlessinger made a donation to the Brownell-Talbot’s school gala to raise money for their upcoming academic year.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation helped raise money for this privately funded school.

For this year’s gala, Joel Schlessinger donated a skin treatment as well as a basket filled with skin care products. The donations were used in an auction that helped raise money for the school’s general budget as well as services for the students. This year, the gala helped raised $513,000 for the school.

Located in Omaha, the Brownell-Talbot school is the only school in Nebraska that receives no government or religious funding. The school depends entirely on private donations for financial support. Each year, the school raises money during their gala event, which features live and silent auctions as well as other events.

Brownell-Talbot is just one of the schools that Joel Schlessinger supports.

Founded in 1863, Brownell-Talbot consists of lower, middle and upper schools with students from preschool through high school. The college preparatory school strives to provide their students with focused learning in academics and the arts.

Brownell-Talbot works to improve students’ critical thinking, decision making skills and self-awareness through a rigorous curriculum and a wide range of activities. They also focus on instilling students with a desire to serve their community and meet the demands of an ever-changing world.

Over the years, Joel Schlessinger has supported other schools including DC West High School and Westridge Elementary School.Find out more about Brownell-Talbot and how you can support them by visiting their website.

Joel Schlessinger donates to DC West High School Post Prom Party

Prom is a vibrant tradition that still serves as one of the most important events in a teenager’s high school career. This year, Joel Schlessinger made a monetary donation to the DC West Post Prom Celebration that took place Saturday, April 18.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation gave high school students a chance to enjoy safe fun with friends.

Each year, DC West High School throws a celebration after the prom that allows students to enjoy activities and entertainment in a safe, secure environment. This year’s Post Prom event featured refreshments, a photo booth, arcade games, putt-putt golf, big kid inflatables and even a hypnotist. Adult chaperones volunteered to help the party run smoothly until 4:00 a.m., and each student was able to part with at least one free gift.

Joel Schlessinger and his family are happy to support area schools.

Parents, teachers and students alike raised funds for many months to make the celebration a success, and donations from community members like Joel Schlessinger went a long way toward helping them reach their goals. The Schlessingers donate regularly to schools and student-centered organizations in Omaha and surrounding areas, and they enjoy seeing young people thrive and succeed.

Forest City Indians Wrestling Team Donation

Joel Schlessinger and his family are pleased to support programs that help foster student leadership and development. Recently, the Schlessinger family donated FixMySkin Healing Balms to the Forest City Indians Wrestlers and the Forest City Little Indians Wrestling Club.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s help create a long legacy of successful athletes.

The Forest City Indians Wrestling Team from Forest City, Iowa is an organization of students from Forest City High School. In addition to refining their own skills and participating in state and district tournaments, members of the team also volunteer for the Forest City Little Indians Wrestling Club. This group is comprised of promising wrestlers ages 4-14, and volunteers from the high school team help coach, engage and motivate them to succeed at the sport. Many wrestlers from the Little Indians Wrestling Club go on to become valuable members of the Indians Wrestling Team when they are older, creating a long legacy of award-winning athletes.

The team has collectively enjoyed many achievements during the 2015 season, with several team members going on to become place winners at the state level. A few high school students even ranked in the top ten in Iowa for their weight class, all of them active in the Forest City Little Indians volunteer program.

FixMySkin Healing Balms, developed by Joel Schlessinger, were awarded to students.

The balms were handed out at Indians wrestling practices to students who met their goals and contributed time to the volunteer program. Developed by Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel, FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone help soothe and heal dry, chapped skin, as well as everyday skin irritations. The easy-to-use stick delivery system and heat-resistant formula make FixMySkin a great on-the-go solution and a convenient addition to any athletic bag.

To learn more about the Forest City Indians Wrestling Team, please visit their homepage.

Joel Schlessinger and his son Daniel, the creators of the FixMySkin Healing Balms, recently donated 250 of the balms to help the struggling youth who visit the Youth Emergency Services (YES) center. Homeless and at-risk youth in the Omaha area often do not have access to the resources that they need. YES is an organization that strives to empower youth in the Omaha area to help them get back on their feet.

Joel Schlessinger donated the balms for youths who do not have access to medical care.

The FixMySkin balms were originally created by Joel Schlessinger and his son Daniel who was looking for a way to heal common skin concerns more effectively than regular balms. Children who are served by YES often experience skin irritation and concerns yet they are unable to visit a dermatologist to get help. The hydrocortisone in the balms treats symptoms of dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and rashes by healing inflammation and reducing irritation. These balms can be used up to three times a day on children of all ages.

“These young people don’t have money to spend on high-quality skin care products so this will help them,” says Mary Fraser Meints, the Executive Director for YES.

Common concerns such as chapped lips and dry skin in winter can be relieved so the young people at the center can work on improving their lives.

Support from Joel Schlessinger and others allows the organization to complete their mission.

The goal of YES is to serve homeless and at-risk youth by empowering them to become self-sufficient. The organization strives to provide them with the services and resources they need such as food, shelter, clothing and a support system.

“They can get a hot meal, they can get a shower, they can get information about jobs or housing,” says Fraser Meints. “They connect with other young people and they can get help with other skills that they need for jobs.”

To find out more about this organization and how to support them, visit www.YESOmaha.com.

Small steps add up to big changes for those in need. This winter, Joel Schlessinger donated 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms to Siena/Francis House in Omaha. The balms were passed out to the many men, women and children staying at the shelter.

The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter was founded in 1975 as an emergency overnight shelter for women. Two years later, the organization began an emergency overnight shelter for men several blocks away. In 1994, the two houses were consolidated under one roof, and the shelter began operating an in-house residential addiction recovery program.

Siena/Francis House has expanded to include a continuing education program, an employment training program, supportive apartments for guests with disabilities and a health clinic. The Siena/Francis House mission is to not only provide physical needs to the homeless, like food, clothing and shelter. It extends to “the acceptance and affirmation of the human person, the creation of an atmosphere of hospitality and the provision of purpose and meaning in the lives of people who struggle for survival.”

Joel Schlessinger’s donation helped make a big difference.

Shelter records have been at an all-time high in recent months, with the facility operating at as much as 150% above capacity. Personal care donations have been especially welcome. Joel Schlessinger’s contribution of 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone came just in time for winter, when cold winds and harsh climates often leave skin and lips dry, chapped and painful. Developed by Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel, the balms contain 1% hydrocortisone to soothe dry skin and lips, as well as minor cuts and irritation.

Of the donation, Women’s & Children’s Manager, Patty Cunningham, says, “We’re sleeping about 527 men, women and kids here right now…to us, this is a big thing….little things…make such a big difference to us here at the shelter.” Here is our video that shows the great work that they are doing at the Siena/Francis House!

Siena/Francis House welcomes group and individual volunteers, as well as donations of all kinds. To learn how to donate or volunteer your time at Siena/Francis House, please visit this page.

More than 3.5 million people around the country are homeless. Twenty thousand of those individuals are homeless in Nebraska, and 2,000 are in Omaha. Care and compassion are key to changing lives and helping those in need find hope. Recently, Joel Schlessinger donated 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms to the Open Door Mission’s Hope Tote program.

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954. The Mission was formed in response to the many men who crowded the streets of Omaha looking for work with one of the city’s 10 railroads. What began as a one-building operation has expanded to include a full campus and several programs tailored toward specific needs. Above all, the group is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Every day, they provide over 2,000 hot meals and 816 safe shelter beds to homeless men, women and children.

Donations from people like Joel Schlessinger help provide personal care items for the homeless.

The Open Door Mission’s Hope Tote program helps distribute personal care items to homeless individuals in the Omaha area. Among the items frequently requested are toothpaste and toothbrushes, over-the-counter pain relief, deodorant and shampoo. Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel’s, invention, FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone, made a wonderful addition to 1,000 Hope Totes. The balm helps soothe everyday skin concerns such as minor cuts and the dry skin and chapped lips that often accompany cold winter weather.

Joel Schlessinger, his family and members of his staff were delighted to deliver the balms and tour the Open Door Mission facilities. They are excited to donate to this wonderful cause and help those in need get back on their feet.

The Open Door Mission is always accepting donations for the Hope Tote project, and they have created an Amazon Wish List to make sending items directly to their campus quick and easy. Click here to access the Open Door Mission Hope Tote Amazon Wish List.

For more information on Joel Schlessinger’s donation and the Open Door Mission, please see this LovelySkin video.

To read more about the Open Door Mission, inquire about other types of donations and sign up for volunteer opportunities, please visit their site here.

Joel Schlessinger donates to the One World Baby Boutique

Joel Schlessinger and his wife, Nancy, recently made a monetary donation to One World Community Health Center’s Baby Boutique program. One of One World’s newest projects, the Baby Boutique has already seen great success assisting families in need.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation helps expectant parents provide for their newborns.

Baby care items add up quickly and become a large financial responsibility for new parents. Many of the under-privileged families served by One World Community Health Center struggle with the mounting cost of frequently used items like diapers and wipes. The Baby Boutique assists expectant parents with the purchase of newborn essentials such as diapers, wipes, bottles, clothing and more. Parents earn “Baby Bucks” toward purchases at the onsite Baby Boutique when they attend prenatal care appointments. These bucks may then be exchanged for newborn necessities.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s have helped over 500 parents in the Omaha area.

Since opening In September of 2013, more than 500 new parents have visited the Baby Boutique to redeem Baby Bucks for brand-new items. In addition to providing much-needed supplies, the program creates an added incentive for seeking proper care and education throughout pregnancy.

Located in under-served neighborhoods, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. focuses on meeting the primary health care needs of the greater Omaha community. Joel Schlessinger and his family have made several donations to One World in recent years, and they are happy to support one of the Center’s most unique and valuable programs.

To make a donation of your own to One World Community Health Center, or to discover volunteer opportunities, please visit their site.

Fontenelle Forest

Joel Schlessinger is happy to support organizations like Fontenelle Forest that make Omaha more beautiful. This year, he has donated a LovelySkin Spa gift card to Fontenelle Forest’s annual benefit, Feather Our Nest, on April 24, 2015 at the Omar Bakery Building.

Fontenelle Forest provides unique opportunities for people of all ages to experience nature.

Fontenelle Forest, located just south of Omaha, is one of Nebraska’s largest deciduous forests. The park’s long history of preservation and conservation began in 1913 when it was first officially formed by area scholars and businessmen. Today, a board of trustees continues to care for the land and provide opportunities for education and exploration. The Fontenelle Forest Guild has expanded to offer programs for all ages, including several camps, clubs and weekly events.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation will give area children the chance to explore Nebraska’s forests.

Each year, the Guild holds a gala called Feather Our Nest, a benefit that helps raise money for the park’s youth programs. The proceeds help give over 40,000 area children the opportunity to “walk in the woods, wade through prairie grasses, [and] see animals in the wild.” The theme this year is “Farm to Table,” and it will showcase local ingredients and the talents of some of the area’s finest chefs.

To learn more about the Fontenelle Forest and make a donation of your own, visit their site.