Kind barbers offer 99 apprenticeships to youths
The duo behind 1000 Haircuts for the Homeless knows how big an issue homelessness is and they are on a new mission to help at-risk youths.
Barbers Teresa Reed and Danielle Hannah, who run Jack Reed Barbershop at Scarborough north of Brisbane, started their charity project last year.
A $73,000 State Government grant helped them buy their mobile barber shop.
They visited The Breakfast Club of Redcliffe Inc and other outreach services across the Moreton region to provide a free haircut to those living on the streets.
Ms Reed said it was a rewarding experience.
"It was great to see them walk out with a smile on their face," she said.
Of the 1006 homeless people the barbers met last year, 109 were children.
A quarter were under the age of 25 and 78 per cent had a mental health issue.
Close to 50 clients were escaping from domestic and family violence.
While getting their haircuts Ms Reed said the clients often shared their stories.
She heard tales of broken families, abuse, losing family to drug overdoses and mental health issues.
"They were so resilient," Ms Reed said.
"The majority of us would have given up a long time ago," she said.
This year the pair have a new project called 99 Apprenticeships.
The aim is to stagger start 11 new container based not-for-profit barber shops across the Moreton and greater Brisbane area and provide apprenticeships to 99 students.
Ms Reed said it would take a couple of years to reach the goal.
The aim is to improve the youth unemployment rate and to aid at-risk youths.