Homeless outreach non-profit hosts summer event - FOX34 Lubbock

Homeless outreach non-profit hosts summer event

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John Romo, founder of Haircuts & Hope John Romo, founder of Haircuts & Hope
LUBBOCK, Texas -

A non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless community here in Lubbock held its outreach event, 4 months late due to COVID-19.

Founder of "Haircuts and Hope" Barber John Romo has worked closely with the Lubbock homeless community for the last 2 1/2 years.

His family and friends, along with the family and friends of his volunteers, make it all possible to give back at 4 events each year.

"We just try to give them a day of blessings," Romo said.

But his year, the March event was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

"We just feel like, right now is a good time, a lot of people need help. So we just decided to go ahead and make it happen," Romo explained.

They did just that Sunday at Burns park, with just 2 weeks notice.  Volunteers spent hours preparing, from grilling BBQ, to putting together survival kits and gathering clothes for donation.

"We have so much food, we've prepared enough food for over 200 people and we got hygiene, everything that they would need to help their week or couple weeks go by better," Romo said.

Because of COVID-19, the non-profit has had to make a couple of adjustments, including to its to-go bags, which normally have snacks and hygiene products in them.

This time there is an extra item in them: a face mask.

But that change is small in comparison to a part of this event, they said they just couldn't do this time.

"This is our first event where we haven't offered haircuts just because everything that's going on with the coronavirus right now. We're trying to our best at social distancing still," he said.

Instead a car show, complete with prizes to provide something a little extra.  It was important for Romo, even with the changes, to continue the mission of his non-profit.

"At any point, somebody could be down and out, we just want to be here to help them. Even if it's just one day. Maybe it will give them good memories for the rest of the week, who knows," Romo said. 

The non-profit is also moving forward, and beginning to plan its Thanksgiving festivities. 



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