It was a very happy day at Family Promise, according to Amanda Ayers.
“There were lots of smiles and laughter and funny conversations, so it was definitely a very happy atmosphere here today,” said Ayers, program director at the Gainesville homeless shelter.
At least 12 children got back-to-school haircuts Monday, something they likely wouldn’t get if Matthews & Co. Salon in Flowery Branch had not reached out to the shelter to donate their time and expertise.
School starts Friday for Hall County students and Wednesday for Gainesville students.
Most of the kids were from families who graduated from the Family Promise program, as well as some from My Sister’s Place shelter in Gainesville, Ayers said.
Ayers said these families normally would cut hair themselves or have a friend do it.
“So I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids to feel confident and good about themselves as they walk into school on the first day,” Ayers said.
She said a few kids were nervous, but when they finished “they were so excited.”
Even some of the moms got haircuts.
“They work so hard to provide a life and a future and a hope for those kids,” Ayers said. “So it’s so great when they get to receive things like that.”