RICHMOND, Va. – At Refuge For Men, a barbershop on Main Street in Richmond’s Fan District, it is a lot more than cutting hair.
“Majority of our barbers are Richmond natives,” Chief Operating Officer Shanna Sivels said. “Being able to give back provides a sense of fulfillment for us as adults.”
To that end, Refuge stylists have provided over 7,500 haircuts to the homeless and donated nearly $15,000 to the VCU Massey Cancer Research Center since the shop opened in 2009, Sivels said.
Owner Dot Reid opened Refuge For Men with the purpose of providing men with a unique grooming experience.
When staff is not pampering customers, they are actively aiding the Richmond community.
The shop has worked closely with many local nonprofits – CARITAS, Side by Side, and Rebuild America.
“Our success comes from our community one haircut at a time,” Sivels said.