When you have a family member that's different you suddenly view the world with new eyes. You see handicap access through back entrances. Strangers address caregivers instead of the individual. Nevermind the stares! As a beauty professional with daughters that have challenges I know that there are aspects of a salon that can create obstacles for some individuals to have a positive experience . Will the building be accessible? Will there be loud music? Chemical smells? What if I need a break? How will the staff react to my differences? Getting a bad haircut can be low on the list of concerns. I hate that truth. That's why I am opening a salon in St Paul. It's a safe place for all people with physical or intellectual differences to get services with dignity.
To ensure I'm getting it right, I am partnering with top medical professionals to give us the tools to best accommodate differences and create accessibility. I've been tapping friends and family for guidance from their experiences. I've been talent scouting for salon and spa professionals that will be excited about our mission. We're looking for a location.
Now all I need is you.
I do have some funding, but it's less than half of what we need. $25,000+ can get this off the ground. If you believe in this idea, or if you love someone who could benefit from a place like this, please, consider a donation. Every penny helps. Thank you for all your cheers and kind words too. Seriously. Every bit of support matters.
Thank you for your generous support!
- Sharae Gibbs
- Angela Sprunger
- Kyle Bray
- Caroline Albers