Rick Dobrovolc resides at the Enriched Living Center, a part of the Utica Rescue Mission. It helps people who have been diagnosed with mental health issues. One of the services they offer is free haircuts to the residents.
"I wanted by beard trimmed so when I go to my worker today I’ll look presentable," Dobrovolc said.
Lisa Calhoun is the hairdresser providing haircuts, and she’s doing it for free.
"How good it looks and how awesome they feel," she said. "They just have that fresh feeling you know. That new feeling. It’s almost like a self of confidence you can see."
That self-confidence provides a peace of mind that these residents need, but Lisa isn’t just a hairdresser to these people. Utica resident Jessica Davis explains why.
"There’s like a bond between us. Like I can talk to her and she gives me advice and stuff and we talk a lot."
Rick Dobrovolc talked about how a fresh look feels. "It was fantastic," he said.
The work being done here not only helps these residents feel good about themselves, it also helps with long-term healing. Hank Visalli is the Director of Clinical Services at the Enriched Living Center. He talked about what the haircuts do to help the residents.
"The overall goal here is to help the person achieve what they would like to achieve. To move on to a more independent living situation," Visalli said.
Utica resident Maxine Hayes couldn't be happier with the service she's getting.
"It gives you a good lift. It makes you look better," Hayes said.
When asked if it makes you feel better, she said, "Yeah you do feel better. Much better."
Lisa Calhoun believes the haircuts help her as much as it gives these clients a good state of mind.
"If we don’t feel good about our hair or how we feel, you don’t feel good you know.," Calhoun said. "So if I can give that little bit of joy to each and every one of them with beauty, and feeling good with a new haircut and new again, that’s joy enough for me."