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Gisele Stylists Give Needy A New Do for the New Year

Inspired to help the less fortunate during the holidays, salon owner Gisele Guerrero and five stylists from her shop on Larchmont Avenue set up a mobile beauty parlor before New Year’s in the basement of New Rochelle’s HOPE Community Services, which houses the region’s largest food pantry and soup kitchen.

Thirty-eight people arrived throughout the day, all hoping to get a new look for the New Year, for free.

The crowd was made up of single mothers with small children in tow, a 52-year old mother in a wheelchair accompanied by her 17-year-old daughter, many out of work New Rochelle residents and the elderly. Many were frequent visitors to the soup kitchen and pantry.

Helping Ms. Guerrero were stylists Sheila Fernandes, Skylar Baker, Michelle Giordano, Ana Rivera and Gaylene Goss. Also pitching in were Ms. Guerrero’s daughter Priscilla Guerrero and granddaughter Soleil.

Gisele Guerrero (far right) came with five stylists and her granddaughter to give free hair cuts at HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle.

Food Needs on the Rise

Carole Troum, the dynamic director of HOPE Community Services,  was on hand to extend a warm welcome and even wash some hair. She noted that demand for the food pantry and kitchen was up 67 percent in the past 18 months. The number of bags of food given out on a single pantry day had been 450. “Now we’re up to 650-700 depending on the day. That is a big difference,” she said.

Ms. Troum was extremely appreciative of the hair stylists’ volunteer services. “It’s extraordinarily generous,” she said. “It’s such a wonderful thing for our clients who don’t have access to haircuts or other things that make them feel good about themselves. Giselle treats them with incredible dignity and makes it such fun.”

The First Cut

This was Ms. Guerrero’s fifth hair cutting event at the center. She and a friend had raised over $400 in food and diapers for the pantry last April. When she dropped off the donations at the pantry, Ms. Guerrero  was inspired to offer her hair cutting services.

She recalls “not knowing what I have signed myself into.”

Ms. Guerrero explained that many times the “we have clients who haven’t the means or the place to wash their hair. It is a luxury for them.”

Michelle Giordano gives the gift of a good hair cut.

It’s hard for the stylists to cut hair without first washing it. “However, we are getting better every time,” Ms. Guerrero reported. Her team now brings donated towels, shampoo and conditioner “for them to go and wash their own hair.  It is nice to see them pleased after a fresh hair cut.”

At the last “salon day,” after  their haircut and styling, clients received a goody bag full of toiletries donated by L’Oreal and put together by Reverend Herron-Piazza’s 9th grade confirmation class at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont.  As a further surprise, clients received $20 Stop and Shop Gift Cards purchased with a $2000 donation from Ms. Guerrero’s friend, Hector Mena.

To donate to HOPE (Help Our People Eat) call 914.636.4010 or mail check to :
HOPE, 50 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801.

Contact Gisele Guerrero, 914-834-1700,  if you would like to assist with the next hair cutting event.

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4 comments to Gisele Stylists Give Needy A New Do for the New Year

  • Ann Marie DeLuca

    Giselle is like an angel who offers not just hair cutting services. She is a good kind person who steps outside the box on a regular basis to offer a friendly ear. She listens and may share from her life experiences. She treats all people as important people because we are all children of God and humans on this earth. She has become a friend, family member, hair stylist, mentor, angel and overall guiding light in this community. People tell me all the time my hair cut and color looks great but I think her salon and her way of being in this world are really gifts that we receive just by knowing her. I am grateful to know her and grateful that we have these type of giving caring people in our community especially during these difficult and challenging times. Gislle Thank you!

  • Ann Marie, thank you so much for your kind words…YOU made me cry. I am blessed to be able to give back and make someone feel good for a while. It is our job on this planet to give back and help one another without thinking about it to JUST DO IT. I feel blessed to have you in my life!

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  • Gisele

    Thank you, Carol