helping our friends of friends of albania

each month skinSALVATION gives to a cause personally close to a team member’s heart. this month we were able to help an organization that has been a huge part of my brother’s life. in 2009, my older brother (who i always thought was a super human) joined the peace corps and started his 27 month assignment in albania. he came back speaking a hybrid of albanian and english, hand-in-hand with his now fiance and bragging about being named “personazh i viti” (person of the year) by the mayor. a piece of his heart was left an ocean away and he wanted to find a way to stay involved. that was when they both found Friends of Albania, a non-profit organization that connects previous peace corps volunteers to current volunteers to support small, community-driven projects.

both have been active members for over five years now and have since taken on leadership roles. alex, my brother’s fiance is president and my brother, brett is treasurer. it wasn’t until recently that i really understood how impactful these projects were to the albanian community. the nation is still adjusting post-communism and this organization encourages community, equality and positive growth.
the most recent grant was used to rehabilitate two community parks to create safe, clean and fun public spaces for the village youth to hang out. not only did this project create a playground for a local kindergarten where more than 80 kids play every day, but nearly 200 members of the community came together to create the space.
the project before that was a youth radio exchange designed to encourage youth involvement with digital media and inspire the creation of diverse creative content. many local tv/radio stations have been running since the 80’s when the country was still under communism and content was heavily monitored and regulated. this opened the conversation of past and present media and got participants excited to create new, quality content.
for information on how you can get involved, feel free to contact me or visit

skinSALVATION is moving on march 15th!

big news, sSer’s! we’re moving to a new space! we’ve loved our last three years at our current 16th street location, but we always knew it was temporary and would one day be converted into a residential building. so, after a few months looking for a perfect, permanent space for skinSALVATION, we finally found our new home:

2489 mission street, #16
san francisco, ca 94110
(at the corner of 21st and mission.)

we’re all set to move on march 15th, so if you have an appointment scheduled for after the 16th, make sure to come to the new space. we’ll email and call all clients that are scheduled on or around the 16th, to make sure everyone comes to the right place.

parking around 21st and mission is almost all metered, which means parking during the week will be much easier, but for weekend appointments it may be trickier. there are a few paid parking lots within walking distance as well, if you’d rather avoid street parking. the new space is only 3 blocks away from the 24th street bart station, so taking the bart is also a great option.

we’re very happy to be moving into our permanent home, and are so excited to be in the heart of the mission. our new home is half a block north of longtime mission staple, foreign cinema and the new beautiful rooftop bar at el techo, and around the corner from many other wonderful businesses. we can’t wait to be the newest member of the community!

you’re invited to skinSALVATION’s 5th birthday party


skinSALVATION’s 5th birthday
october 27th, 3pm – 6pm at skinSALVATION

skinSALVATION turned 5 this february, and we want to celebrate (belatedly) with you!

we truly owe our success to each and every one of you, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your continued support of sS. we want to thank everyone, and what says thank you more than tacos?

come for the giftbags and prizes, stay for the margaritas and acne-safe grub from the mission’s tacolicious.  kate’s boyfriend, mike will be mixing up libations, and christine’s husband, greg, of neighbor bakehouse, will be sweetening things up!

we’ll be partying all afternoon so stop in for a drink or stay all day – we’d love to see you! if you can take a second to RSVP so we know roughly how many margaritas and and tacos we need, it would be much appreciated!

hope to see everyone there!
team sS