Accessible salon: dignified beauty

$7,480 of $25k goal

Raised by 74 people in 24 days
Catherine Miller Rongitsch  INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN

When you have a family member that's different you suddenly view the world with new eyes. You see handicap access through back entrances. Strangers address caregiver​s instead of the individual. Nevermind the stares! As a beauty professional with daughters that have challenges I know that there are aspects of a salon that can create obstacles for some individuals to have a positive experience . Will the building be accessible? Will there be loud music? Chemical smells? What if I need a break? How will the staff react to my differences? Getting a bad haircut can be low on the list of concerns. I hate that truth. That's why I am opening a salon in St Paul. It's a safe place for all people with physical or intellectual differences to get services with dignity.
To ensure I'm getting it right, I am partnering with top medical professionals to give us the tools to best accommodate differences and create accessibility. I've been tapping friends and family for guidance from their experiences. I've been talent scouting for salon and spa professionals that will be excited about our mission. We're looking for a location.
Now all I need is you.
I do have some funding, but it's less than half of what we need. $25,000+ can get this off the ground. If you believe in this idea, or if you love someone who could benefit from a place like this, please, consider a donation. Every penny helps. Thank you for all your cheers and kind words too. Seriously. Every bit of support matters.

Thank you for your generous support!

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Update 4
Posted by Catherine Rongitsch
3 hours ago
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I'm burning the midnight oil and have all week. I'm entering the salon into the MN Cup competition at Carlson at the U of M! I don't remember when I've worked this hard on something. It's all consuming. I'm really excited about the opportunity to apply and participate in this kind of competition. If you'd like to learn more about it you can visit their home page at www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/mn-cup cross your fingers and wish me luck! The deadline is Friday!!!!
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Update 3
Posted by Catherine Rongitsch
14 days ago
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A million Thank Yous to Lindsey Seavert of KARE 11 news! She believes in making beauty accessible to all people with physical or intellectual challenges. Be sure to watch the 6:00 news tonight! #dignifiedbeautyforall
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Update 2
Posted by Catherine Rongitsch
19 days ago
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Your donations and messages of excitement and encouragement have been so wonderful. Thank you, forever!
I want to share what your generosity is providing for the salon:
$50 buys a weighted lap blanket or a small stock or fidget toys or a low vision clock for the lobby
$100 buys one section of ADA surface flooring
$400 buys a Dyson silent blow dryer
Every dollar counts and together we can surpass our greatest expectations! Thank you again and make sure you return for more updates.
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Update 1
Posted by Catherine Rongitsch
20 days ago
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It appears I no longer have my location! I want to open in time for back to school so it's time to rally! Thank you so much for your support!
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Kimberly Lockhart-Vaughan
6 days ago
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I am sorry that I can not give you a donation but I do want to give you praises for you efforts. I had a daughter with Muscular Dystrophy and have worked with other kids with varying degrees of disabilities and I do know the struggle is real. The challenge for these kids to feel “normal” is a daily thing and to have a place they can go and feel comfortable and have things in place to make their experience a positive one is awesome. If I ever get money ahead I will donate...until then I pray for the best for you and your upcoming shop. Again, Thank You and God Bless you

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Lynda Hanner Karlson
12 days ago

Maddy is my g'daughter Heidi's BFF. I have met her and admire her spunk and determination. This campaign is a good thing!

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$7,480 of $25k goal

Raised by 74 people in 24 days
Created April 2, 2017
Catherine Miller Rongitsch  
AA
$20
Anonymous Anonymous
11 hours ago

All the Best!

PC
$50
Parker Cummings
12 hours ago
$10
Sally Watkins
14 hours ago
HM
$50
Hanna Miller
1 day ago
GD
$50
Ginny DeSanto
2 days ago

Cat,you are the best! Love you, Aunt Ginny

CH
$50
Christina Haidle
2 days ago
TP
$100
Tammy Peterson
4 days ago
2
2

I am in a wheelchair and your right. It is hard to find a salon that is accessible. I have shared message on Facebook and I will pray for you to raise the funds. Thank you for recognizing the need

$2,500
Anonymous
4 days ago
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8
BO
$100
Brenda Olson
4 days ago
1
1

What a neat idea! I wish you luck Brenda. : )

$10
Anonymous
4 days ago
1
1
Kimberly Lockhart-Vaughan
6 days ago
1
1

I am sorry that I can not give you a donation but I do want to give you praises for you efforts. I had a daughter with Muscular Dystrophy and have worked with other kids with varying degrees of disabilities and I do know the struggle is real. The challenge for these kids to feel “normal” is a daily thing and to have a place they can go and feel comfortable and have things in place to make their experience a positive one is awesome. If I ever get money ahead I will donate...until then I pray for the best for you and your upcoming shop. Again, Thank You and God Bless you

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Lynda Hanner Karlson
12 days ago

Maddy is my g'daughter Heidi's BFF. I have met her and admire her spunk and determination. This campaign is a good thing!

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