Free Haircuts for Homeless

Salvation Army to Host Event

Seth Stokes
September 04, 2018 - 9:56 am

(Greenville, SC)—The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host a free haircut event for homeless individuals on September 10 from 3-7 p.m. The event will take place at The Salvation Army of Greenville’s 417 Rutherford Street campus in the Y.P. Hall.

The Women’s Auxiliary has recruited volunteer hair stylists, many from the Mauldin-based Rain Hair Salon, to provide the haircuts. In 2016, the Women’s Auxiliary hosted a similar event, which provided haircuts to The Salvation Army’s 143 shelter residents. Due to the popularity of that event, the Women’s Auxiliary decided to host the event again this year. However, the event will now be open to the general homeless community as well as the shelter residents. The haircuts will be given on a first come, first served basis, and the stylists will serve as many clients as possible between 3-7 p.m.

“Most of us don’t think twice about getting a haircut, but for the population we serve, a haircut can be an inaccessible luxury,” says Lauren Stephens, director of social ministries at The Salvation Army. “This event provides an empowering opportunity for the homeless community. A simple haircut can help an individual appear more professional at a job interview, raise self-esteem at school and feel better about himself or herself in general.”

“Through this event, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hopes to help as many individuals in need as possible,” says Mary Frances Roberts, president of the Women’s Auxiliary. “A haircut is a small gesture, but even a haircut can make a difference to someone in need.”

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hopes this event will help do the most good in our community while providing a necessary service.


About The Salvation Army   The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. Locally, 86 cents out of every $1 donated is returned to the community through life saving and changing programs.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmygreenville.orgor see the national website at  


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