Long Coastline Woman Brings Appeal as well as Human Connection to Homeless on Skid Row– NBC Los Angeles

“Hey Queen!”

These are words that resemble daily along Los Angeles homeless populace on Skid Row.

For the previous three years, owner as well as 51-year-old Shirley Raines from Long Coastline has actually served the homeless area with her non-profit Elegance 2 The Streetz.

Throughout the year B2TS gives food, garments, and also what they are most understood for, hair and also make-up to over 800 homeless individuals.

“I’m a mommy in mind. I have 5 kids of my very own as well as although I hid my first youngster, God gave me 800 plus even more in the streets, he provided me a reward family,” said Raines.

What makes Raines as well as her B2TS group special is not the food they provide however the human connection and connections they have developed with individuals they offer. Raines alone has produced partnerships with individuals that she look at, on a normal basis.

“I assume it’s almost being seen, being liked, being called by your name as well as being acknowledged,” Raines claimed. “Allow’s be genuine, no one ever before thought their life would certainly go from a residence where they can bath to being in the streets where most individuals don’t even wish to come near them or touch them. We have actually earned their regard.”

Cherish Benham, 29, finished up shedding her kids, fighting clinical depression and was out of work when she wound up oversleeping her vehicle on Skid Row. After moving into a shelter, Benham located Raines via Instagram as well as made a decision to go out one Saturday to get her hair done.

“I was a little bit star struck due to the fact that she is understood in the roads, however I finally asked her to repair my afro,” claimed Benham. “Afterwards it was like, ‘Wow, I can really head out into culture appearing like myself,’ and also from there I maintained going every Saturday.”

Raines has actually not just had the ability to offer fundamentals for the homeless but she has actually also influenced as well as encouraged her “children” to strive for far better. Lately she was able to gather a group of females who took part in a Laura Geller makeup campaign.

“It was so empowering, that’s why I love Mrs. Shirley,” stated Benham. “She has done a lot for me.”

Although B2TS has obtained much appreciation online and continues to expand their following, Raines stated it is still tough trying to gather financing.

“It’s just so hard to get that degree of financing we require,” claimed Raines. “Yet I have actually discovered a purpose for my pain and also I intend on doing this as long as the Lord gives a method.”