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Homeless find some TLC at Real Life Church

Posted: September 24, 2013 6:36 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:36 p.m.

Michael Glamuzina, 24, hugs Michelle Daly, 23, at Real Life Church as volunteers offered showers, a hot meal and a haircut for homeless on Monday. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo

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Santa Clarita Valley homeless were welcomed to Real Life Church this week for a little tending to worldly needs — a hot meal, a hair cut and a shower.

“It can be a total blessing for someone living on the street to get a hair cut,” said Michael McCutcheon, event coordinator. “When you give them something they need, they do nothing but have love for you.”

The church’s Monday outreach provided portable shower facilities from San Fernando Rescue Mission, hygiene supplies and free haircuts. Several local hairstylists donated their time to offer the service to the men and women who attend.

Besides the shower and haircut, the homeless received a hot meal and free clothing and shoes.

Sponsored by Real Life Church’s Student Ministry, the event was the second of its kind. The first outreach event was offered last month.

Organizers hope they will be able to continue to offer the service once a month to those in need and potentially find a way to make the event a mobile outreach.

“Community problems, like homelessness, take a community effort to solve,” said McCutcheon. “It’s a process; it doesn’t happen immediately.”

Volunteers helped 15 homeless people during last month’s outreach. The church expected more than double the amount of attendees this time.

Volunteers cooked the meal, offered assistance with hygiene products, finding clothing and shoes and provided transportation from local homeless areas, such as the wash, to the church and back.

McCutcheon originally pitched the idea to Real Life Church after conducting similar programs in the San Fernando Valley. He eventually brought the ministry to Santa Clarita and the church quickly got on board.

“We love Santa Clarita, and our heart has compassion for those who find themselves in a homeless situation,” said Steve Meyers, student ministry pastor. “This is an opportunity for those in need to be loved with basic needs being met, a few hugs, smiles and encouraging conversation.”

 

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