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 cost 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 www.rbcf.com. 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/ Treasurer Advisory Council Managing Director Legal, Tax Prep, Asset Management Program and Resource Development Contractors Barbers, Hairstylist, etc. Volunteers 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 guidelines Total individuals residing in homeless shelters 12 204 11 25 36 16 434 BENEFIT DATA 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 appearance” 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 years: 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 Maryland. 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 R.B.C.F. 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 RBCF.com to contribute to the next project!
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