Yvette Theresa Harb-Saad styles the hair of a young guest at Splurge Salon and Esthetics to raise money for the local Homeless Shelter.
“There’s a lot of people out there that need homes. I used to live across the street from the homeless shelter. I used to walk by them every morning. There’s a lot of people out there that need help. Sometimes you feel, is it really going to make a difference if I donated whatever I raise in a day, but I think it does.”
Yvette Theresa Harb-Saad
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Yvette Theresa Harb-Saad has been working as a hairstylist in the city for over twenty years but It wasn’t until the last few years that she realized she could use her abilities to give back to the community. “There’s a lot of people out there that need homes. I used to live across the street from the homeless shelter. I used to walk by them every morning.” Said Yvette.
It was this awareness of the need in the city that inspired her to take a day of work at the salon and donate all proceeds to the shelter. “I started at nine and ended at four and all the money went to the homeless shelter. At Splurge everybody came on board and everybody helped out.”
The shelter relies heavily on support from the community and every little bit helps. With winters like the one that has just passed, they never want to have to turn somebody away. Yvette is very straight forward when it comes to helping out, “I can give back to the community, I can work my day and donate my money. There’s a lot of people they (The Homeless Shelter) can’t accommodate, I think last year they had to turn away ten people.” This is something that we as a community can make a difference with, It can be a small donation or something like donating a day of work, and as Yvette said, “It would be great I think if everybody could pitch in a little bit and help out.”
Yvette hasn’t only used her abilities for just one cause. A situation in her own life was part of the inspiration for helping out in another way as well. “My Mother got sick in 1999, she only lasted a year with cancer. I thought to myself, I think I can do something. One morning I said you know what, I’m going to donate one of my working days to the cancer society.” Yvette would set up at the market at 5am to cut people’s hair all day.
It’s these kinds of things taken on by our Friendly community that make the difference and as Edmund Burke so eloquently stated it, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Certainly Yvette has taken this to heart and is doing many things for positive change. She wants to see the homeless Shelter functioning to the best of it’s ability and to eventually see a cure for cancer as well. “Hopefully we’ll find a cure. Not probably in my generation but for my kids or their kids.”
Hopefully stories like this will also inspire others to take their skills/abilities and passions and use them for the betterment of our community and eventually the world.
Yvette plans to continue to do her part and hopes things will grow from here. “Next year it’s going to be planned and I hope we’re going to do better.”
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