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Salvation Army opens hair salon

Members of its Adult Day Program will be able to get free haircuts once a month.

Posted: Jul. 29, 2018 8:58 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A project that’s been years in the making is finally starting on July 27.

Members of Rochester’s Salvation Army’s Adult Day Program will be able to get free haircuts at the Adult Day Center.

The program helps care for people with mental or physical conditions who may not be able to spend the day alone. It helps them stay engaged while allowing caregivers opportunity to still be employed.

Rebecca Snap is the with Rochester Salvation Army. She said they couldn’t get a licensed cosmetologist to donate their time to give haircuts, despite there being such a need for it.

“This is the kind of thing where it’s going to make life so much easier for the caregivers. It’s going to be a simple thing for the people here, but it’s going to feel so much more natural for them. They’re not going to be in a different environment, they're going to be in a place where they already feel safe and with people that they know and they trust.”

Snapp said for people who may live with a type of memory impairment, a task like getting a haircut can be difficult.

The salon is also wheelchair accessible.

Snapp said services like the salon, and the Day program are possibly needed now more than ever, and not just because of a growing Med-City.

“These kind of programs are much more necessary than we think of with the baby boomer generation getting to an age where they're retiring,” she said. “These kinds of programs are going to be much more necessary and much more important.”

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