Most of all I give gratitude to my Higher Power. Gratitude for my healthy children, grandchildren and to a host of support agencies that have helped and continue to help me along the way. StreetWise, Inspiration Corporation, Uptown Ministries, Sarah’s Circle, and North Side housing have all been helpful and important to me.
I try to give back to society by volunteering as a hair cutter for the homeless clients who use the many services that have helped me. I have a strong passion for cutting hair and after my training I find I really enjoy volunteering for the community. I love to give back what was freely given to me.
I think when you look good, you feel good. A haircut can lift up a person’s self esteem. It gives me a sense of self worth to give back to the community in this way and to help people feel better about themselves. I learn to see the innocence in all of us. I come to understand the many circumstances, challenges and realities of life that face us all.
I am in a wheelchair, and I cut hair sitting in my wheel chair!
In 2008 I had a brain tumor. The tumor was caused by an act of violence that resulted in a traumatic head injury. The tumor was removed but the surgery paralyzed me on my right side. Through prayer, encouragement, support and physical therapy I regained the use of the upper part of my body. Now only my left leg is paralyzed. I thank God for the strength, willingness and desire to keep climbing the ladder of success – even though I cannot physically climb any ladder at all. Mentally I am strong and always striving to carry on.
I will find peace and acceptance in the past and in the present. I will carry gratitude, peace, and a warm smile into the future.
By Chantee Evans,