Feed the homeless, clothe the homeless, there are many organizations that do that, but what about the basic dignity of grooming?
On Friday, August 26 haircuts and shampoos will be given free to the homeless thanks to 40 representatives from the Paul Mitchell The School (PMTS) from 10 am-2pm at the Cass Community Activity Center, 3745 Cass Ave.
It’s the 2nd annual PMTS4Change
“Street Survival Kits” will be given to those in need, which contain toiletries and personal items. The kits are possible because of a donation by Micro Focus of Troy.
“This is what life is about,” said Shaun Chiodo, executive director, Paul Mitchell the School Michigan. “It’s about valuing people and doing for one which you wished you could do for everyone. We are here to pour our hearts into these amazing individuals and listen to their stories.”
The metro Detroit community has embraced the opportunity to make the day one to remember, providing food, entertainment and mini health screenings.
- Food & Refreshments will be provided by Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit, Traffic Jam & Snug, Grand Traverse Pie and the Detroit Water Ice Factory
- Live music from local singer/songwriter Karlee Davidson
- Volunteers from the HUDA clinic in Detroit will offer free medical screenings
Food donations are still being accepted. Please contact Spencer Hayes at 248-508-8407 or SpencerHayes123@gmail.com
“This day is about so much more than just shampoos and haircuts by professional stylists – these volunteers are giving people dignity and the recognition that they are devoid of on a day-to-day basis,” said Cass Executive Director Faith Fowler. “This is a wonderful gift for our poor and homeless population. Last year’s inaugural event served more than 100 people. We’re excited and thankful.”
There will also be a $3,000 donation given to the Cass Community Activity Center from PMTS as part of the school’s FUNraising program.
While food and shelter are the most important things to provide for the homeless, when that’s all you do there can still be an idea of “us and them.” When you give them a sense of dignity and pride, it solidifies the saying, “there but for the grace of God go I.”