When Future Professionals and staff members at Paul Mitchell The School Greenville noticed a car at the back of their parking lot that had not moved in several days and nights, Future Professional Advisor Megan Grice and Learning Leader J Senay Spurgeon went to explore. Concerned for their students' safety, they discovered a homeless veteran living in his car.
"We had a long talk with him," Megan said, "only to find out that he is a former marine who has had a hard time finding a job. His arm was hurt in service and he cannot lift it above a certain point. He was a welder and pipe fitter, but with his injured arm he can't find work."
J Senay handed him the $5 she had in her wallet, and Megan invited him into the school to get a haircut and get freshened up. School director Gail Comer went to the store after work to buy him jugs of water and food.
The next morning, J Senay and Megan escorted Robbie into the school and began his cut with one of their Future Professionals. "Katie did such a good job and made him feel so comfortable," Megan said. "Little did I know how AMAZING our Future Professionals really are. A little bit later, I noticed that J Senay had been given money for Robbie and she began taking donations. We went to every classroom and told them Robbie's story. In two hours our amazing Future Professionals raised over $200 for Robbie.
"We explained to Robbie that this is our culture and what we are taught to do. He was moved to tears several times, and I told him that it made us feel just as good as him to give him these things. One Future Professional even clocked out and went to Walmart to get him some things, just because she was so moved and inspired. Not only did our Future Professionals bless him with the money, haircut, and a nice foot soak, they all were throwing out ideas for jobs!"
Megan continued, "In my position I get to do a lot of amazing things. To see our Future Professionals come together like that was just so eye opening. I want to do this EVERY DAY of my life. I couldn't be more proud of what I do and who I do it for. This man who fought for our country didn't ask for a single thing, but because of our culture we were able to show him that there ARE good people out there. I am so proud of our school and what our Future Professionals have given with no questions asked."