The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


From the outside in

Ohio congregation offers makeovers for women in need

Lindsay Newport will never forget the journey that changed her life. Only 16 when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, Newport was scared and unsure about the future. Soon her world began falling apart. She started hanging out with the wrong crowd, dabbling in drugs and eventually landing in a rehab center.

"When you are in rehab, it's like cleaning your house," she said. "You feel so ugly as you work to put yourself together from the inside out."

So inspired by the experience, Natalie
So inspired by the experience, Natalie (last name withheld) donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love during the Ladies' Day Makeover.

Drug-free for three years, Newport uses her experience to help other women in similar situations. Working with her congregation, Grace Evangelical Lutheran, Springfield, Ohio, Newport and her mom, Su-Ann, founded the Ladies' Day Makeover program.

For the third straight year, Grace's program has brought hope to some 35 women of all ages from rehabilitation centers in Dayton and Springfield. Newport believes helping women feel good on the outside aids their recovery on the inside.

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