Empowering Cuts

Donate to bring hope one haircut at a time! 

You know the great feeling you have whenever you walk out of a hair salon or barbershop with a fresh haircut? You feel refreshed and alive! There is just something about a great haircut that puts a bounce back in your step! Unfortunately, the cost of a haircut is often not within reach as some must first prioritize where their next meal is coming from or where they will be sleeping that night.
My name is Joshua Santiago and I am a barber based out of Philadelphia. I am the founder of Empowering Cuts, a non-profit organization that travels the country providing free haircuts to the homeless, military veterans, children, and families who are experiencing financial hardships. I know all too well what it is like to not be able to afford something as simple as a haircut. When I was a child, my father would cut my hair and mess it up every time because we didn’t have the money to afford the luxury of going to a barbershop.
As an adult, I enrolled in barber school where my life and outlook changed forever. My barber instructor would take the entire class to shelters, offering free haircuts. This is how we learned how to cut hair professionally. Being able to bless someone meant more to me than to actually receive money for it.
Over the last 4 years, Empowering Cuts has worked with over 50 organizations in over 20 different cities from coast-to-coast. We have been featured in roughly 10 different written and visual news outlets. Last but certainly not least, we have been responsible for grooming over 7,500 men, women and children all over the country, FREE OF CHARGE. We don’t just cut hair. We wash it, style it, and have even done nails and makeup for women, as well, all in the hopes of brightening someone’s day!
Empowering Cuts also understands while some people may not be experiencing homelessness, they simply need some hope and light in their life. We have actively sought after these individuals and surprised them with thousands of dollars in donations contributed through the Empowering Cuts’ Social Media community on Instagram and Facebook.
The help we have been able to give these individuals has ranged from money to food, drinks, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies and full grooming services all thanks to the generous donations of people just like you!
We Want To Do MORE and you can HELP!!
I have purchased a 32’ camper RV to be able to use it as a mobile location for Empowering Cuts! We will use this camper to travel the country frequently and provide hope to the communities we touch.
Through your generous donations, the camper will be fitted with:
·        Flooring
·        Proper lighting
·        3 barber chairs
·        Barber stations
·        A sanitary bathroom
·        Shampoo bowl station
·        Electrical and plumbing
·        A Lounge Area
·        Auto Repairs/Mechanic
·        Auto body painting
This will allow me to be more mobile and help even more individuals on the road doing my life’s work while offering FREE barber services to even more people in need!
Your help in transforming this RV into the mobile headquarters of Empowering Cuts will allow you to see that you are not only investing in me, Joshua Santiago, but you are investing in your fellow brothers and sisters all across the country.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support! Additionally, I welcome you to join me on my journey as I highlight the lives and experiences of our homeless men and women across the country which will be shared on our social media.
Please take the time to share my campaign with your family, friends, and loved ones. Together, we can brighten someone’s day and bring hope to their future!


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Joshua Santiago
Philadelphia, PA

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