The Christian Aid Center now offers haircuts for the homeless and those living in our shelter. This new service exists thanks to Arturo, a hairstylist who moved to the Pacific Northwest from his home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Arturo works full time at Leo’s off 9th Street in Walla Walla, and has recently decided to volunteer his time and his talents to give haircuts on Sundays to those in need.
Arturo makes sure both sides are even on his first CAC client, Karee. “I’ve thought about volunteering here for a while,” he says, “the Christian Aid Center is only two blocks from my house and I like to help people.” Arturo originally planned on pursuing a nursing career when he came to the states three years ago, but after finishing his CNA training, he decided that wasn’t what he wanted to do. “I like to help people,” he repeats, “but nursing wasn’t my passion.”
Arturo has been cutting hair for two years now, and when he started at Hair Tech Academy on Issacs St. in Walla Walla, he said most of his classmates were girls. “I was embarrassed before, but I like what I do.” He says as he asks Karee to bend her head a bit farther forward while he finishes the back of her hair. “I came to the states after my father died. My mother was already living in Washington and she wanted me to come to Walla Walla to get an education. I’ve learned that if you really want to make a change in your life, there’s always a way.”