Face Forward: Providing Makeovers for Women Recovering From Substance Abuse
Heather Rozen, of
Here is a story about it from the Lowell Sun in Lowell Massachusets.
Putting their best Face Forward
By ANDREW RESTUCCIA, Sun Staff
“The program is bigger than appearance,” said Heather Rozen, a Lowell resident who organized Face Forward. “It means empowering women.” Rozen came up with the idea for Face Forward while watching What Not to Wear, a television makeover program on TLC. “I always thought, ‘What a good idea it would be to have something along those lines for low-income women,’ ” she said.
She further developed the program as part of a leadership course she is taking at Landmark Education in Quincy.
Community Teamwork Inc., a local nonprofit agency that assists low-income people in becoming self-sufficient referred makeover candidates to Rozen. Face Forward is an important part of the healthy recovery of these women, said Mark Cripps, a caseworker for the substance-abuse treatment facility Lowell House. “It makes them feel better about themselves and if people feel better about themselves, they are less likely to engage in destructive behavior,” he said.
Jennifer Wadsworth, director at Blaine in Lowell, said the program is about improving the self-esteem and self-image for these people. “When individuals, whether they are women or men, are trying to do something to better their lives, we want to assist them,” she said.
Kerry Flavin , a stay-at-home mother of two, will begin working again after spending the past eight months at the Sheehan Program for Substance Abusing Women at Tewksbury