Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Homeless at New Orleans mission get free haircuts courtesy of students...


NEW ORLEANS —Men and women at the New Orleans Mission got fresh new hairdos Wednesday just in time for spring.
Paul Mitchell Cosmetology sharpened their shears and dropped by to give them free haircuts.
The event serves a number of purposes -- to give people served by the mission a new look for the spring and allows cosmetology students to practice the skills they are learning.
Cosmetology students from Vanguard School of Cosmetology – a Paul Mitchell partner school – donated their time, talent and energy Wednesday morning to give spring haircuts to the homeless people served at the New Orleans Mission.
The guests were also able to pick out new outfits from clothes donated to them in recent weeks.
Organizers at the mission said it is more than a shelter. They say it’s a place where people are encouraged to renew their lives and become contributing citizens of the community.
The haircuts are a small, yet important, thing that most people can take for granted. But because of the generosity of the students, the people served at the mission can feel more confident as they take the next positive steps in their lives.
“We wanted to target here at home by us, so we partnered up with the mission. We try to come back every three months to service the people in our community and just give back,” said cosmetology instructor Natasha Howard.
“I like it,” said Dale Lacour as he got a haircut. “I mean, it’s very nice for people to come here to the New Orleans Mission. The New Orleans Mission helps out a lot of people.”
About 60 men and women served at the mission received haircuts and styling by the students on Wednesday.