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Barbers, beauticians to offer free services July 29

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County’s  men, women and children in need, many of whom are homeless, will be greeted Monday at the Family Partnership Center by barbers and beauticians offering them free shaves, haircuts and hair styling.

The “Glamour Day” event will be held July 29 starting at 2 p.m. The Family Partnership Center, overseen by Family Services, Inc., is located at 29 North Hamilton Street.

The event was first conceived last summer during planning for the annual “Point in Time census” of the region’s people who are homeless conducted by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Susan Tallardy, coordinator of the regional census, said she and others involved in the homelessness issues enlisted the help of volunteer hair stylists. A pilot event was held Oct. 15, and it was so successful she and others held it again on the Point In Time Census day in January.  Organizers subsequently decided to hold Glamour Days periodically throughout the year.

In addition to the free hair styling services, those who attend the event will be offered free flu shots, courtesy of the Dutchess County Health Department, and they’ll be given toothbrushes and other toiletry items donated by Pleasant Valley dentist Dr. Michael Schwartz and other local business owners.

Silvana Pace, a local beautician who participated in the previous events, said she and others from her City of Poughkeepsie salon, Millennium Hair Design, were looking forward to providing their services again.

“The people we served were so happy and thankful that we were thankful just to be a part of it,” Pace said.

 Brian Doyle, Chief Executive Director of Family Services, the agency that manages the Family Partnership, said he was happy to offer the use of the building for the event.

“We learned at the previous Glamor Day events just how important it is to all of us to get something as simple as a haircut or new hairstyle,” Doyle said. “Particularly for people who often have to worry about their next meal or having a roof over their head, this means so much. And it says a lot about the volunteers participating in this e vent that they recognize the significance of their good work.

For more information about the event, or to make a donation of toiletry items for people who are  homeless, contact Tallardy at 845-471-0310.