HPD’s “Blue Crew” And Volunteers Give Kids New Look

August 17, 2009 - Today, some members of the Houston Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit, also known as the “Blue Crew,” brought together a team of volunteers to donate their time and talent to give some special kids a new look for back to school.  The children, all residents of the Star of Hope: Transitional Living Center, received new haircuts and styling services as part of the “Look Good, Feel Good” event.  Photos of the event are attached to this news release.

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“These are children in transition from life on the streets,” said HPD Sgt. Jim Babb, who supervises the “Blue Crew.”  “It’s a great opportunity to enhance the self esteem of these kids who have endured so much in their young lives and to get them excited about going back to school to show off their new look.”

“I can’t tell you how much something like this impacts a child’s life,” said Marilyn Fountain, Director of Community Relations for the Star of Hope.  “Little things like going to a beauty or barber shop aren’t even on the horizon for our children in this most difficult time.”

The Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center was created in 1988 to help prepare and train the homeless to become independent and re-enter the mainstream of society.  The center can provide services to 66 families and 45 single women.

Supplies and services for were donated by Envy Beauty Supply, located at 9525 Southwest Freeway, and Style Right, located at 11883 Bissonnet.  Lunch for the volunteers was provided by Kroger, located at 7747 Kirby.

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200 .

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