Cosmetology Students Offer Free Haircuts for Homeless

Students from Columbus Technical College’s cosmetology program put their experience and knowledge to work for the homeless and working poor in our community on Thursday. The students provided free haircuts and beard trims at the annual Employment Expo for the Homeless at the Open Door Community House in Columbus. Eight students manned the makeshift salon from 9:00-11:45 a.m. with a second shift of six students working from 11:45 a.m.-2:00p.m. By the end of the expo, the cosmetology students had provided 105 people with complimentary haircuts and/or beard trims — the highest number of individuals ever served!

Student Chandi Saunders says she enjoyed spending a few hours honing her skills while helping those who need a little pick-me-up.

“It’s cool that we get to give back to our community,” Saunders said. “We don’t get to go out there and do stuff like this every day. When they feel good, we feel good.”

Roger Hanes is a member of the Columbus area homeless community. He was thrilled to learn about this free service.

“I think it’s awesome that these organizations are out there to help us get back on our feet,” Hanes smiled. “I just thank God for them.”

The Employment Expo is organized by the New Horizons Community Service Board and includes a wide range of community partners aimed at helping the homeless people get their lives back in order. Besides Columbus Technical College, there were also representatives from housing services, shelters, employment/job training services, medical testing outlets, and much more. This marked the seventh year Columbus Tech has participated in this important event.

Columbus Technical College cosmetology student Chandi Saunders gives a complimentary haircut to Roger Hanes at the Employment Expo for the Homeless on January 26, 2012.

Columbus Technical College cosmetology student Chandi Saunders gives a complimentary haircut to Roger Hanes at the Employment Expo for the Homeless on January 26, 2012.