A person’s haircut it a critical component of their identity. When people are homeless, then that word tends to define who they are. If someone can take the time to take care of how they look, then the updated style can restore a lot of confidence.
This truth is something that Kara Adams sees first-hand every day. She donates her time by offering free haircuts to anyone who experiences homelessness.
Vermont has seen a drop of 30% in the state’s homeless population since 2018, but that doesn’t mean shelters are emptying. That means Adams has opportunities every day to make a difference in someone’s life.
A Trim Is Free, But It is a Priceless Gesture
Even if it doesn’t seem like it would be a lot of money to get a haircut, the homeless in Vermont see such a service as a luxury. What funds they do have typically go toward basic necessities, such as food and water.
For the people who walk through her doors, Adams says that getting a haircut is like taking away all of the stress that comes with being homeless.
Her business typically caters to men, but homelessness causes heartbreak for everyone. That means anyone who needs her services can sit in her chair.
Many of the people who take advantage of this opportunity say that they can’t remember the last time a professional stylist cut their hair. They either let it grow, cut it themselves, or have a family member or friend do it for them.
“If we all did one small act like this every week,” Adams said, “It makes a big difference.”