Mother Marianne’s West Side Boutique & Salon served a steady flow of those in need over the fall, providing clothing, personal care items, haircuts and blood pressure screenings, reports Coordinator Nancy Robert.
From August through November, the boutique assisted a total of 975 individuals. They comprised 668 adults, 363 senior citizens, and 108 children.
The boutique currently is not accepting women’s clothing as it has plenty at the moment, but is in need of deodorant, razors, shampoo, bar soap, laundry pods, men and women’s new underwear, and chocolate.
The boutique worked with several other agencies, donating greeting cards to Noyes Manor Apartments in Sherrill and MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, giving Bombas socks to the Jewish Community Center for those in need in Israel and to Catholic Charities to distribute to clients, providing blankets, sleeping bags and Bombas socks for a homeless project in East Utica, donating some children’s books, dishes, and Bombas socks to homeless young mothers and small children at Evelyn’s House.
Through the monthly blood pressure screenings, the boutique’s volunteer nurses were able to get 11 individuals with elevated readings to see health care providers.