Taco said to me, “Do you think you could help me with a haircut? I have my new job orientation on Friday.” I said, “Of course Taco, I’ll take you to Ms. Paulette at Boro Barber Academy.” He smiled and said, “Thanks Mr. Scott, I wanna look good for my first day!”
I went by and spoke to Ms. Paulette and told her Taco would be meeting me here. She talked about how she looked forward to helping him. When he arrived his hair was long and his beard was shaggy. He told me, “I love Ms. Paulette. When I got there she looked at me and said, you must be Taco… We’ve been waiting for you – have a seat.” He said they treated him like a movie star at Boro Barber Academy. As he told me about his haircut he was grinning from ear to ear.
Taco is from Murfreesboro. He is in his late forties and his parents died in an automobile accident several years ago. He misses them greatly. He later told me how he grew up listening to WGNS every single morning. “I remember riding to school listening to Swap and Shop, I still love it,” he said.
There is something about helping those who are battling homelessness, mental illness or addiction in your own back yard. You are able to instantly relate to their surroundings in a way that is foreign elsewhere.
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” - Saint Augustine