Homeless people in Arizona are given a helping hand in their job search by undergoing incredible free transformations courtesy of talented hairstylists and manicurists.
The nonprofit Cloud Covered Streets has given more than 1,600 haircuts to homeless people in Phoenix, Arizona since August last year – helping 11 people find full-time jobs during that time.
The charity has a trailer with professional hairdressers and manicurists on hand, three showers, a washing station, ice water and snacks.
Transformed: Homeless in Arizona like Amanda (pictured) get incredible makeovers from a nonprofit that offers free hairstyles, manicures, and showers to those in need
Formerly: Cloud Covered Streets, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has a roadside trailer with three showers, a wash station, hair stylists, and manicurists
Voila! The charity offers the transformations in the hope of helping homeless people, like Darlene (pictured), find a job
They also release new underwear, clothes and shoes.
Founder Robert Thornton, 43, explained that the ability to do laundry is essential for homeless people to find work and get off the streets.
“If they’re dirty and haven’t showered and their hair is messy, they won’t get a job.”
Robert noted that poor hygiene can also exacerbate pre-existing mental health problems.
“As your hygiene deteriorates, any mental health problems you may have will accelerate,” he said.
The hair stylists who offer their services are consummate professionals who work in luxury salons where a haircut usually costs about $ 80.
Robert said, “Our stylists Chelsea and Elena treat every guest as if they were working for a tip from this person.
They give them a haircut that normally costs $ 80.
Many of these people left literally years ago after getting a professional haircut.
“Every haircut they get is from someone else on the street who has clippers or scissors.
Important: Founder Robert Thornton, 43, explained that the ability to wash is essential for homeless people like Joe (pictured) to find work and get off the street
Professional: Robert explained that most of the people they see haven’t had a haircut for years, and if they’ve had a haircut it’s done by a fellow homeless person
New look: Todd (pictured) got a hair and beard trim from the pros at Cloud Covered Streets, who visit six locations in Phoenix, three days a week
“One of our wonderful volunteers does manicures and pedicures, gets on all fours to take care of their feet.”
The Cloud Covered Streets trailer travels to six locations in Phoenix three days a week, with their volunteer hairstylists giving 40 hairstyles every day.
“We hire people who have been homeless to drive our trailers and they lead the guests to the shower,” said Robert.
‘They’ve had 13 minutes in the shower and when there are two minutes left, we knock on the door.
‘They can get a haircut and we have ice cold water and a lot of different foods and snacks.
“After they have finished showering, they are given a hygiene bag with sunscreen, deodorant and shampoo – everything they need to maintain their hygiene until the next time they see us.”
A woman who received a shower, a manicure, and a change of clothes was reduced to tears of joy during the experience, revealing to the workers how good she felt after cleaning herself.
“You’re doing God’s work, aren’t you?” she told them as they hold back the tears. ‘The shower … I mean, I’ve taken showers where I’ve rinsed six times and the [water] still gets dirty.
‘I was completely dirty, so thank you. I want to thank Cloud Covered Streets. ‘
The nonprofit took COVID precautions, bought three hand sanitizer stations, 7,000 masks, and cleaned every shower with an industrial-strength disinfectant.
Regular Clients: The nonprofit gives each person a hygienic bag of sunscreen, deodorant, and shampoo so they can take care of themselves until their next appointment
Reality: Robert wants to fight the ‘story that every person on the street is an alcoholic, a drug addict, that they are scary people’
Teamwork: The group hands out 40 hairstyles a day and they plan to open a second trailer in Fort Worth, Texas later this month
‘We have been very lucky. Until now, we haven’t let anyone report that they took COVID from our trailers, ”said Robert.
In the past four months, 11 homeless people who have used the service have found full-time jobs.
They have found work in a nearby Amazon warehouse, a grocery store, an auto shop, and a furniture factory.
“I don’t think people realize how difficult society makes it for people to get back on their feet,” said Robert.
The second question when applying for a job is, “What is your address?”
‘So many applications are done online – homeless people don’t have internet access.
“We got the story that every person on the street is an alcoholic, a drug addict, that they are scary people.
‘In fact, many people end up on the street after the loss of a loved one.
“There are people who want to be off the street, have a full-time job, in their own home.”
The nonprofit will open a new trailer in late April, which will be located in Fort Worth, Texas.