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Salon treats Valley CAPS women clients
Julie Craigg focuses on the hair of Brenda Roderick Tuesday afternoon. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Lynn Weinmaster was all smiles as Secrets and Salon owner Sandy Asher shampooed her hair and prepared her for a mini-makeover Tuesday morning.

But she was just one of six Valley CAPS consumers that were given the red carpet boutique treatment at the local business Tuesday – giving the ladies something that they’ve looked forward to for more than a month.

“This really does mean a lot to each and every one of them,” said CAPS staffer Luz Zuniga. “They’re all really excited, and they’ve been talking about it non-stop since we first mentioned it to them. It’s good for them to get out and interact with the public, and it’s even better when they can have fun while they’re doing it.”

Asher – who is preparing to turn over ownership of the business to employee Julie Craigg – said that the idea was first suggested by a client whose husband works at Valley CAPS.

By cutting the normal rate she would charge in half, Asher thought that it would be a great way to send six developmentally disabled women home feeling like queens providing not only haircuts and styling but makeup as well.

“This isn’t something that we get a chance to do very often,” Asher said. “I’m looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to seeing their reaction when it’s all done.”

Craigg, who is the process of taking over the business, said that she wouldn’t mind doing an event like this again in the future.

“I definitely think that this is a good idea,” she said. “If it’s something that they were looking forward to, I’m glad that I had the chance to be a part of it.”

Valley CAPS is a non-profit organization that strives to provide adults with developmental disabilities with tools to succeed on their own in the outside world. The program – which began focused on those living in Manteca – has since expanded out into Modesto and Lathrop and even into the homes of some consumers.