BALTIMORE — Kim Ridley has been doing hair for 22 years. She's good at her job; her clients are happy, and work is gratifying, but it's her other passion that's gotten our attention.
“I wasn't homeless, but I was a less fortunate mom of two, and as I realized how people helped me coming up, I noticed things in the community where people needed help too," said Ridley. "So I said I have to give back to a place where I was.”
So in between running her Miracles and More Hair and Nail Salon, the Joppatown graduate started a nonprofit, Miracles & More Outreach Ministries.
“It's a privilege and an honor to give back to those that are less fortunate. It makes my heart glad,” Ridley said. “This is like a treasure kit for my ladies.”
More like a handbag.
Her motto is simple, 'I am my sister's keeper, say it with a handbag.'
“That's just her; she's always helping somebody,” said one of Ridley's clients.
Partnering with outreach organizations like My Sister's Keeper, she's helping homeless and needy women with the little things we often take for granted and hoping others will help support her vision.
“We have deodorant, shampoo and conditioners,” Ridley said. “If we all can get together, give a little bit...when you add the next person and the next person, we can get a stop to what's happening in our streets in our community, build a better Baltimore.”
A stylist who's a fan of being in style, Kim's also helping those in need get the complete package. Her donations go beyond bags.
"A handbag, outfit, jewelry, pair of shoes, what more can we do," Ridley said. "I am my sister's keeper.”
Kim’s non-profit, Miracles & Ministries Outreach, is hosting a prayer breakfast for homeless women at My Sister’s Place Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.