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New project helps homeless look their best, find jobs

Coel gets her makeup done. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A quick glimpse in the mirror and Michelle Coel can't fight back tears.

"It took years off and it's something I never would've thought of for myself," she said.

Coel is one of eight people benefiting from "Project Look at Me." It's a collaboration between New Community Shelter, Salon Aura, a couple of clothing stores and a dairy company.

"I can tell you that there was tears with 90 percent of the people that we asked, 'Would you like to be of this?' So then, to see the end result, this is a day in the life for them. This is there day, said Terri Refsguard, New Community Shelter executive director.

As for Coel, she has a job, but she's hoping "Project Look at Me" will give her an extra boost of confidence.

"I'm hoping that with one of my jobs, I might be kept on year round, rather than just seasonal, possibly get a promotion, maybe I'll get a review, maybe get a raise," Coel said.

Mike Phillips is looking for a new job and says he's grateful for his new look.

"It's really awesome that the shelter provided something like this. Like, when they told me about it, I was shocked. I'm still kind of shocked. It's nice to know that all the hard work that I'm putting in is being noticed," he said.

As for what's next?

"Save up money and get a place," Phillips said.

The next stop, The Haberdasher Limited in Green Bay for a new outfit. The women went to Furs and Clothing of Distinction and Beth's Boutique.

After the new clothes, all eight visited Schreiber Foods for a tour and interview advice.

The evening ended with a dinner and the recipients showed off their new look at New Community Shelter.

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