On Monday evenings, the homeless community gathers in Nashville.
A group of nonprofits and volunteers that serve the homeless population sets up on the plaza almost every week to make sure those in need know where and when they can get assistance.
Caroline Lindner, a barber in Nashville, started joining in about a year and a half ago. Since then, she’s teamed up with several other skilled Barbers and Cosmetologists to create Nashville Street Barbers, which is well on its way to becoming an institution in the community.
There are four core members of the Nashville Street Barber team: Lindner, Dareka “Pebblez” Carney, Abishai Collingsworth and Ryan Timmons, as well as a rotating set of volunteers, all of whom are licensed barbers & stylists. The barbers give free haircuts to anyone who needs them.
“People need each other. This isn’t about hair, it’s about reminding people they’re human, and changing the perception of these people,” Collingsworth said.
The Nashville Street Barbers are keeping their eyes open for ways to expand their work, from adding more volunteers, to offering paid haircuts as a fundraiser.
In the meantime, they are focused on using the skills they have to give back the best way they can. On a record night, with 16 volunteer barbers, the team was able to give 89 haircuts in two hours.