Photos courtesy of Sally Milad.
Dozens of Harmony House residents participated in a back-to-school event Aug. 28 organized by Jersey City resident Sally Milad. She arranged for volunteers to provide haircuts and styling for the children and also handed out school supplies and provided pizza.
Milad found Harmony House, New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families, and reached out to friends and family to put the event together.
“Everyone wants to do something to help out, but no one has an idea of where to start,” she said. “I know there’s a lot of people that wanted to help. I kind of took it upon myself to start it.”
Harmony House Senior Case Manager Lisa Chavis appreciated Milad’s generosity. “Sally is a beautiful and giving person. She went out of her way to recruit a number of well-known barbers from all over Essex and Union County to come out and provide haircuts for the boys and cute little hairstyles for our girls at Harmony House in preparation for the new school year,” she said. “You could feel the love, generosity and appreciation of all those in attendance.”
Many back-to-school events include school supplies, but it’s not so common to include haircuts. Milad said she wanted the children to feel confident as they started the new school year.
“When you look good, you do good, you feel good. I wanted the kids to go to school feeling good and getting work done as opposed to being worried about how they look,” she said.
About 75 children and 20 volunteers participated.