Community supplements volunteer effort fixing up barbershop

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A team of volunteers took on a big project Friday: making over the barbershop at a homeless day shelter. But when their plans hit a bit of a bump in the road, the community came through for them in a big way.

The barbershop at Hope Faith does between 30-70 haircuts a day. But for the clients, it was always about more than just a haircut.

"We ran into clients who haven't had haircuts in 5 or 10 years and they come in here and get a haircut and it changes their whole world," said Theo Stallings, barbershop manager.

Now there's a different kind of trim going on in the barbershop. The facelift is thanks to the staff from Olathe East High. It's part of Project Change, volunteer groups from all over the metro doing projects like this helping charities in big ways.

"We saw the barbershop in here one day and thought what a great opportunity to do a whole makeover and just revamp the space," said Amanda Faunce, with Olathe East, "they serve a lot of clients every day and it was kind of drab and we wanted it to be something kind of calming."

They're painting walls, installing new work spaces and installing a new tile floor. But on Monday they hit a snag. Their fundraising came up several hundred dollars short. That's where Project Change stepped in sending out a plea for help

"In less than 24 hours we had over $500 donated," said Faunce, "it was a record for Project Change, we were blown away."

A community response helped make this possible, but for the next two days the volunteers sweat will make it a reality.

"We hope the clients are happy with it and when they walk in they feel like it's a place where they can relax and enjoy themselves," said Faunce.

If people would like to donate hair salon products or anything to help with the barbershop project, Olathe East says you can bring donations to the school.

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