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Church, stylists offer free haircuts and blessings

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Mosaic Church put a new meaning to the term "laying of hands" Monday when church organizers offered free haircuts and hairstyling to less-fortunate residents.

They say it was an exercise in a spiritual strategy where such a simple gesture can do wonders in uplifting people who are in a downturn.

"I've just always had a heart for the homeless; I just felt like it needed to be done," said Jade Faulk, Mosaic Church member and lead organizer of the free program delivered to men, women and children. "I just felt like I wanted to cater to some of them."

Faulk, a hairstylist with Stacey McKenzie Salon, recruited five other hairstylists who came together to serve about 50 people who are experiencing troubles in different levels, including veterans back from war who are having difficulty re-entering society, economically strapped families, battered women and others.

"I just want to brighten someone's spirits and make them feel good about themselves," said Paige Hutchinson of The Company Salon in Pascagoula and one of the hairstylists brought in by Faulk. "I want them to feel refreshed and just love themselves; feel good about themselves."

Charlean Myers, a counselor for Home of Grace, a faith-based addiction recovery center on the Coast, brought more than 20 women to Mosaic Church.

"It does a lot for them, it really lets them see all that they've been through and helps them look forward to when they get back into society," Myers said. "... This just brings back to them the memory of what it's like to be a beautiful woman."

Eric Faulk, Jade's husband and worship pastor for Mosaic, said the program fits his church's mission in the way they conduct their ministry.

"Christ came to help the helpless," Eric Faulk said. "If you're a Christian, you cannot help but believe that without Christ, you are helpless."

All the "customers" were given "blessing bags," which consisted of hygiene products and clean socks. They were also provided with a free lunch.

"I want them to know that they're cared for," Eric Faulk said. "For a lot of people, human touch and reaction is not something that happens for them on a daily basis; that's a big deal."

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