Cutting Away the Hopelessness
Diverse Barbershop Helps the Homeless Through Ministry Village
Chad Yardley knows what it feels like to head down the wrong path and be in desperate need of some grace. He’s experienced it first-hand, and has learned more about God’s grace from the Most Excellent Way at Ministry Village. Now, he’s looking for ways to extend grace to others and share hope with his neighbors.
At the end of the summer, as our new Showers of Blessing ministry began to gain momentum, Chad reached out to Scott Heald, the Director of Most Excellent Way and the Jail Ministries. Chad knew Scott through MEW – he has been actively attending meetings at Olive for the past 10 months. “I went down the wrong path 6 years ago. Now, I’m getting my life back together and Most Excellent Way and Ministry Village are a big part of that,” said Chad. “When I heard about the homeless ministry at MVO, God tugged on my heart to do something.”
Chad owns Diverse Barbershop at 1321 E. Olive Road, not far from the Ministry Village campus. He thought providing free haircuts at MVO to homeless patrons would be a way he could give back to the community, and show love and compassion – two things he has received from MEW and Ministry Village. Working with Kathleen Schuster, the Director of Tender Hearts Caring Hands, Chad planned “A Special Day of Service” on September 13th. Tender Hearts Caring Hands patrons were offered a clean and safe place to shower thanks to the Showers of Blessing trailer, a haircut by Chad, and they were also provided with something to eat. Lollipops were a special added bonus to complete the barbershop experience.
Patrons were so thankful for the opportunity to feel clean and get a fresh haircut, and Chad was honored to be able to put his skills to use for those in need.
Unfortunately, later that same week, the torrential rains took their toll on one of the historic oak trees next to the MVO office. A large portion of the tree collapsed onto the office roof and damaged a portion of the Showers of Blessing trailer. Now – more than a month later – MVO staff continues to work through insurance issues and construction repairs. The food pantry has been closed as a result of the building damage and fallen tree which caused safety issues on the property; and while they are not turning away anyone in need, Tender Hearts’ on-site services are limited until the remaining portion of the damaged tree is removed and the office roof is repaired. They hope to be able to reopen the THCH food pantry fully by the end of October.
The fate of the Showers of Blessing ministry is still in limbo as they work with My Father’s Vinyard (the owner of the shower trailer) and their insurance company to repair what was damaged. The trailer is currently unusable, so MVO’s plans for the shower ministry have gone down the proverbial drain for the foreseeable future. However, they do hope to make plans with Chad on providing haircuts to MVO patrons from time to time, even without the showers.
Thank you, Chad, for supporting Ministry Village and sharing your tender heart and very capable CUTTING hands to take care of our neighbors.
If you’re looking for a local barbershop, give Chad and his fellow barbers at Diverse Barbershop a try! And tell him you heard about his generosity and love for our community at Ministry Village!
Visit his website and book an appointment online at https://www.diversebarbershoppensacola.com/
Diverse Barbershop is a newly diverse neighborhood barbershop located in the heart of Pensacola, Florida. The shop currently has three licensed barbers from Kansas City, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans. They take pride in creating unique hairstyles and providing excellent customer service to a diverse range of demographics such as military, young people, families, business professionals, and senior citizens. Chad Yardley brings 11 years of experience in the industry. He started his career in Kansas where he owned his own barbershop called Exclusive. Chad’s haircut styles include taper fades, designs, long hair, and business professional cuts.
The mission of Ministry Village at Olive is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) If you are looking for a place to demonstrate kindness to others for the glory of God, give us a call. For more information on Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. and its work in the community, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinistryVillage, on Twitter @MinistryVillage, visit their website, MinistryVillage.org, or call (850) 473-4466.