Susan Trost created an extraordinary event to help 38 women from the Denver, Colorado area in difficult situations kick off the new year in style. Trost’s ‘New Year, New You’ event, her project in landmark education’s selp program, treated 38 women to pampering such as massage, hair cuts, manicures/pedicures, body wraps, yoga and pillates sessions, acupuncture and other supportive services. All the women were nominated for the event for having had a difficult 2009 – having lost a job, had a major illness, divorce or other serious issue.
Trost says she believes women often put themselves last when they are going through times and she wanted to do something that really empowered those women in what they were dealing with – women who weren’t on public assistance but didn’t have the capability assist themselves as much as they needed. One woman attendee who had been unemployed for over a year got a new job immediately after the event, attributing this success from the confidence she received from being there.
Trost was also amazed and gratified by the huge generosity of local business owners who gave their time and services to make the event happen – to see a complete list of businesses who contributed and read the complete story, read about it at the Living Healthier Now web site.