"When they come out of the beauty shop, they have to walk past the mirror. It just makes you light up."
Bernie Telecky has been creating beautiful reflections at the Burns Manor Nursing Home beauty shop in Hutchinson for 38 years. In fact, she volunteered at church to set up the beauty shop program even before the nursing home was built. She's been doing hair and coordinating volunteers ever since.
Every Wednesday, Bernie and her volunteers give as many as 25 women a free shampoo, set and combing. They mostly work out of the beauty shop but Bernie also moves the operation to a sun porch in the dementia wing where they do the hair of women who don't feel comfortable leaving familiar surroundings.
Shirley Stowell, who nominated Bernie, says not only does Bernie help residents look good, "she has that natural talent for making them also feel good about themselves."
Bernie volunteers in other ways at the nursing home, like helping out with Monday bingo, but she enjoys her time at the beauty shop because she can boost the morale of the women and frankly, "they're all my friends there."
Designated Charity: $1100 to be divided between Burns Manor Auxiliary and Peace Lutheran Church