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Helping the Helpers

As Strike Team Charlie emptied the flood-soaked contents of Baltimore homeowners Carol and Kenny’s basement, they noticed a number of hair salon items, including barber chairs. When a Team Rubicon volunteer inquired about the belongings, Carol responded that she and her husband used their basement to provide haircuts to homeless men, women, and children.

Many of the haircut recipients, she noted, were pursuing job interviews or were students in local schools. Carol and Kenny’s simple act of providing free haircuts helped restore dignity and confidence to those who needed it most.

 

 

As the strike team members silently stood in awe of the Carol and Kenny’s selflessness, the couple shared that they utilized the rest of their home to shelter homeless women and children, including homeless mothers with newborns, who often reside in vacant properties after being released from the hospital. Their entire home was dedicated to serving others.

The volunteers who mucked and gutted Carol and Kenny’s home did not just serve the needs of their family. By “helping the helpers,” Team Rubicon enabled this couple to continue to empower and serve their entire community.

Nicole serves as Team Rubicon's District Coordinator in Washington, D.C. She first deployed with TR to Baton Rouge, LA in the wake of severe flooding and then to Goldsboro, NC in response to Hurricane Matthew.