Shave and a haircut – no cost: Delgado students serve homeless veterans

Compiled from staff reports


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Earl Quinn trims a veteran’s hair at the resource fair Oct. 24. Photos provided by Delgado Public Relations and Marketing Department


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Veterans also received free manicures at the resource fair.


Students from the Delgado Technical Division’s Cosmetology and Barber-Stylist department participated in a Stand Down event, or resource fair, serving homeless veterans in the New Orleans area on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Veterans received personal hygiene services, medical attention, clean clothes and a hot meal.

Cosmetology students served by giving free manicures and the Barber-Stylist students gave free haircuts. This event gave the students the opportunity to give back to the community while gaining more practical experience in haircutting and manicuring.

The Stand Down, held at the VA on Poydras, was organized by James E. Tardie. Larisia Jones, Cosmetology & Barber-Stylist Department Chair, worked with Tardie to arrange for the Delgado students to serve the Veterans.


Blair Conerly, Barber-Stylist instructor, said he hopes this event will also “encourage students to be active in events such as this after they have graduated and received their license.” Although the event ended at 2:00 pm, some students stayed behind to give haircuts to 10 homeless men.

“The students were able to experience giving back to the men and women who served our country and have now fallen on some hard times,” Jones said. “Some are homeless and some are not able to purchase shoes and clothing, let alone be able to afford grooming for hair and nails. All in all we were able to service 85 veterans, 10 homeless men, and 8 volunteers with haircuts and 50 of those people also received manicures.”




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