Your Federal Quarterly Tax Payments are due April 15th Get Help Now >>

The Gifts for Grooming Program by elizabethberkley


									       The Gifts for Grooming Program
A report that depicts seven years of grooming and hygienic care for
 homeless persons and individuals living below the U.S. poverty
                guidelines in the State of Maryland

             Published by Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation, Inc.
                                    April 2008
1. Introduction

             Description of publication

                    The state of Maryland places a high priority on addressing the problems
              associated with homelessness. Through grants and contracts with community-based
              organizations, the city, county and state fund a range of services to help people
              obtain emergency, transitional and permanent housing. However, what is common
              within city and state government plans to end homelessness is the need for that
              population to have proper access to other support services.
                    The following document will present the problem of the lack of accessibility
              to affordable grooming services and personal hygienic care for homeless shelter
              residents and those living at or below current U.S. poverty guidelines. The
              following publication will introduce evidence and a solution to yet another vital
              support service that has been discovered to dramatically increase the chances for
              homeless individuals to obtain self-sufficiency. This document will also introduce
              Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (R.B.C.F.) that has taken on the role of
              addressing this issue since 2001. The R.B.C.F. believes it can assist in fulfilling:

                      Maryland State Homeless Plan
                  o    Goal 1, Objective 4, recommendation 1
                  o    Goal 2, Objective 1, recommendation 1
                  o    Goal 2, Objective 2, recommendation 1
                  o    Goal 4, Objective 2, recommendation 2

                   Baltimore City’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
                  o Goal 3, Objective 1; 3:3 and 3:4

                      Anne Arundel County Homeless Plan
                  o    Planning Process, paragraph 2, sentence 2
                  o    Planning Process, paragraph 5, sentence 2
                  o    Planning Process, paragraph 6, sentence 2
                  o    Continuum of Care, paragraph 1, sentence 1

                   The organization’s description, findings, impact data and future outlook are
              enclosed for your review.

2. The Problem

         Summary of how the need was assessed.

              The problem addressed by R.B.C.F. is the lack of affordable grooming and hygienic
          care for homeless individuals and those living at or below U.S. poverty guidelines. This
          dilemma was first discovered when an Anne Arundel County shelter regularly
          requested an Odenton barbershop owner, Robert W. Cradle for services when he
          created the Gifts for Grooming Program, which is a no-charge program for individuals
          who are unable to afford grooming and hygienic services. Second, the dilemma was
          further recognized in 2006 when the program began to gather data concerning the
          grooming needs of the homeless. Each agency surveyed (a total of 10) identified nearly
          100% of their clients as unable to afford regular grooming and hygienic care. The third
          is a cost analysis that compared the current average monthly cost of grooming and
                   hygiene to the current incomes of families living at or below the current U.S. poverty
                   guidelines in Maryland. The results of these are articulated in the chart below.

COST ANALYSIS OF GROOMING SERVICES                                                              Individual
Average individual cost of male haircut                                                         $25
Average individual cost of female shampoo, haircut and style                                    $37
Average individual cost of a chemical service (without shampoo, haircut and style)              $71
Average individual cost of natural hairstyle                                                    $96
Average monthly individual cost of grooming and hygiene products (Lotion, Deodorant,            $60
Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Aids, toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, His & Her Shaving Items,
Dental Accessories, Hair Accessories, Feminine Care)
Average monthly income for individuals living a or below U.S. poverty guidelines (2008)         $851

Sample 1: Estimated monthly grooming and hygienic cost of family of five (female head        $506
of household, 3 minor females and 2 minor males) (one chemical/style, three natural          (60%)
hairstyles, two boy’s haircuts)
Sample 2: Estimated month grooming and hygienic cost of family of four (male head of         $218
household, 1 adult female, 1 minor female, 1 minor male) (One regular cut, one               (26%)
chemical/style, one boy’s haircut)
Sample 3: Estimated monthly grooming and hygienic cost of family of three (female head $300
of household, 2 minor females) (One chemical/style, two natural hairstyles)                  (35%)
             *Grooming cost derived from Maryland’s largest grooming chain, Regis Hair Salons
             **Cost derived form the total average leading supermarket brands
             ***Figures based on Federal Department of Health and Human Services annual statistics
             ***Grooming and hygiene items based on total average retail cost of current leading and
                generic supermarket brands

       3. How the problem is addressed

                  The Gifts for Grooming Program

                       The Gift for Grooming Program was created by R.B.C.F. to address the lack of
                   affordable grooming and hygiene for the homeless and individuals who live at or below
                   U.S. poverty guidelines. The program combats the problem by installing full-service
                   grooming salons in local residential, transitional and emergency shelters, sponsoring
                   regular deliveries of grooming and hygienic products to these shelters, and providing
                   grooming-training sessions for shelter staff and their clients. Sponsored shelters and
                   agencies are selected via an open application process which is available on the R.B.C.F.
                   website at During the last quarter of each year, the board and
                   managing director makes the decision on the number of agencies that will be sponsored
                   for that upcoming year. Sponsorships last one-year and can be renewed annually.
                   Decisions on sponsored agencies are based on:
                            Current capacity of applicant’s organization
                            Potential community impact
                            Current and projected R.B.C.F. resources
   Mission

       The mission of the R.B.C.F. is to create projects that address the grooming, hygiene
    and well-being of individuals who cannot afford regular personal care. The R.B.C.F.
    makes grooming and hygienic care assessable and affordable for homeless men, women
    and children. This accomplished by installing on-site grooming salon, providing
    grooming products and training at no-charge. Sponsored sites and its participants
    predominantly have no income or very low-income.

   Charitable status

    Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under
    section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is treated as a public charity
    rather than a private foundation. The advance-ruling period began March 2001 and the
    final ruling was granted April 4, 2005.

   Organizational structure

         The Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable
    community organization created in 2001 by Odenton’s Master Barber, Robert W.
    Cradle, Founder and managing director. Cradle conducts the program’s basic program
    operations and resource development duties, while a representative four-member board
    of directors governs the organizations best practices. The organization’s structure is
    listed below:

                                 Board or Directors
                         Chairperson, Vs. Chair & Secretary/

             Advisory Council                           Managing Director

     Legal, Tax Prep, Asset Management         Program and Resource Development


                                                      Barbers, Hairstylist, etc.


                                                                              Barbers, Hairstylist, labor, etc.
   Funding

          Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation is financially sustained through diverse
    funding sources such as individuals, private foundations, corporations and fee for
    service revenue. There is approximately a 200-member donor pool that has a proven
    history of providing regular financial support. Many of the individuals are the founder’s
    former, long-time customers. Other support entities include Annie E. Casey
    Foundation, the Weinberg Foundation, Rouse Company Foundation, Wal Mart
    Foundation and other foundations committed to funding grass-root philanthropy and
    direct services. Each year, the managing director creates a twelve-month resource
    development plan that list opening and/or deadline dates of local grant funding
    opportunities, weekly fee for service ventures and direct mail campaigns to individuals.
    Each funding opportunity is chosen based upon:

              Its alignment with the R.B.C.F. mission and interests.
              Past history underwriting and supporting R.B.C.F. program.
    4. Program Impact Data
           Demography
           Outputs
           Outcome Indicators

DEMOGRAPHICS                                          2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007
Genders (male)                                        8      267    44     56     68     45     345
Gender (female)                                       0      100    14     65     20     35     108
Under 18 years of age                                 8      134    32     91     38     **     **
Over 18 years of age                                  0      242    12     25     30     **     **
Caucasian                                             *      *      *      *      5      11     166
African American                                      *      *      *      *      76     57     220
Hispanic American                                     *      *      *      *      4      0      2
Asian American                                        *      *      *      *      0      3      0
Bi-racial                                             *      *      *      *      3      0      0
Other                                                 *      *      *      *             2      67
Number of Maryland zip codes served                   1      7      5      13     15     14     4
Total individuals served living below U.S. poverty    12     365    55     119    86     80     363
Total individuals residing in homeless shelters       12     204    11     25     36     16     434
Output: Number of haircuts performed                  8      332    43     63     63     112    872
Output: Number of hairstyles performed                **     **     **     5      1      194    24
Output: Number of grooming equipment distributed      *      *      *      **     **     34     **
Output: Number or hygiene products distributed        2010   31     1200   53     **     71     7426
Output: Number of individuals receiving grooming      4      156           **     **     117    0
and hygienic training sessions
Immediate Outcomes
Outcome indicator responses: “I can now attend an     *      *      *      **     7      45     334
upcoming job interview with a neat and clean
Outcome indicator responses: “I can now attend        *      *      *      **     17     33     342
work with a neat and clean appearance”
Outcome indicator responses: “I can now attend        *      *      *      **     25     104    394
school with a neat and clean appearance”
Intermediate Outcome
Outcome indicator responses: “I have improved                              **     28     212    3
and maintained grooming and hygiene”
Outcome indicator responses: “I am receiving a        8      376    121    **     64     157    903
service that I currently do not have the money for”
Outcome indicator responses: “I can now care for      *      *      *      **     **     55     209
my own grooming and hygiene”
Outcome Indicator responses: “I can now care for      *      *      *      **     **     47     119
the grooming and hygiene of my family members”
Long Term Outcome
Outcome indicator responses: “I am now prepared       *      *      *      **     **     27     129
for the grooming profession”
  *item not tracked
  **data currently unavailable
5. Future Outlook

       Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation is looking forward to a bright future within the
   non-profit and local government sectors. As a public trust, the founder and board of directors
   are working diligently to move from a public charity to an IRS determined private foundation.
   Therefore the board and founder are continuously working toward creating longer-term sources
   of funding that are more indicative of a private foundation such as earned income ventures and
   portfolio interest from vested assets. Through our programming, we will continue to
   strategically install and sponsor barbers salons in homeless facilities in the Baltimore
   Metropolitan area. In the future, we hope to install barber/styling salons in some of the areas
   lowest income schools districts.

      Also, the R.B.C.F. will also increase its focus in the following areas over the upcoming

         Gathering grooming and hygienic data of person living below U.S. poverty guidelines
         Enhance its relationship with local city, county and state government, as the agency is
          seeking to be a conduit program that aids the addressing needed social services within
         Increase our ability to provide scholarships to poverty level individuals who are seeking
          to enter the grooming profession.

                Published by Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation, Inc.
                                       April 2008
       completes its third grooming salon!
   Your past and current support has helped us to complete a full service
grooming station on February 17, 2008 in the Karis Home emergency shelter
                          for women and children
       Below are photos of your first, second and third barber-salon

       #1. St. Vincent’s Center: 72 children – Timonium, Maryland

    #2. Helping Up Mission: 210 men - Southeast Baltimore, Maryland

 #3. Karis Home: 40 women and children – Southeast Baltimore, Maryland

  Remember, your support will help us complete our fourth barber/styling
             salon at the Lighthouse shelter in Annapolis!

      Visit to contribute to the next project!

To top