KANSAS CITY, MO – At least 200 people affected by homelessness were able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Many were also given free haircuts as the volunteers hoped to build some confidence.
Barbers like Aundry Abson have been invited by Divine Connections to service the unhodged population at Bartle Hall.
“I was where you are. God set me free, ”said Abson. “I just always knew that getting a haircut might be easy, but changing a man’s image is always a great thing.”
Lisa Yeager of Divine Konnections offers free all-round services at Bartle Hall to those in need.
“Everyone wants to be able to maintain their morale as they go through trials and difficulties,” Yeager said.
In addition to fresh haircuts, 200 people at Bartle Hall also received COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson. This single dose version is recommended for the homeless. Dan Neal, vice president of operations at Heart to Heart, said medics and volunteers administered the 200 shots and answered questions.
“If there are people who hesitate, hopefully we can overcome that with the training we are going to do and they will go ahead and get vaccinated,” said Neal.
With a focus on wellness, the organizers hope to encourage and empower people.
“It gives them a certain amount of trust. You know, maybe they just hit that motivation to actually change the steps they’re taking in their lives, ”Abson said.
Brothers with Razors is always on the lookout for volunteers to cut and style hair for the less fortunate. Hope belief will give vaccines to the homeless population three times a week.
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