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  • Remington College - Dallas Campus Cosmetology Instructors and Students Thanksgiving Volunteers

    On November 25, 2009, two instructors and 18 students from our Dallas College Campus Cosmetology Program offered free shampoos and haircuts to the homeless attending a Thanksgiving luncheon in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. This gathering, sponsored by the Homeless Advocates of Texas (HAT), was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Temple of God Church, 3200 S. Ramona Ave., in Dallas.

    Cosmetology instructors JoAnn Ortiz and Warren Burrell, accompanied by the students, were among the many volunteers who prepared and served Thanksgiving meals, worked the clothes closet, and offered free shampoos, haircuts, and hairstyling to their fellow citizens in need.

    Says Dallas Cosmetology Department Chairperson Phyllis Morgan, "Everyone was so grateful, and being able to help those who are less fortunate made our students feel really good. In fact, one of our students commented that seeing the looks on the faces of the people there lifted everyone's spirits and gave those present a real feeling of hope."

    HAT Director Gina McGowan Cade comments, "Remington came out in such a big way. They were able to give many haircuts to men and hairstyles to the ladies, and everyone left looking and feeling good. The students even gave a few massages as well. If I could have my way, I would ask Remington to partner with HAT at least twice a year, during Thanksgiving and our Back-to-School Rally.

    I am so excited about the work that they performed for us. It was a great feeling to know that others care and have a will-do approach to those down on their luck. My thanks to Remington College for all that you did to support us in our efforts."

    Homeless Advocates of Texas was founded in 2003 to address the needs of the homeless and others who are struggling. The organization is sponsored by God's House of Deliverance Church, 302 S. Kaufman Street, Seagoville, Texas, a non-profit organization. For more information on HAT's efforts, contact HomelessAdvocatesofTexas@yahoo.com.