"We look forward to them coming every month," Ann Sprague, the shelter’s executive director, said of reYOUvenate Beauty Outreach. "They not only give needed haircuts, but joy. And they raise the clients’ self-esteem. They can look half-decent while applying for a job."

CRESTVIEW —Jeff Cunningham is no stranger to the kindness of reYOUvenate Beauty Outreach.


The 57-year-old, who has been homeless for almost five years, said he was the first Crestview Area Shelter for the Homeless client to get a free haircut from the outreach after it was formed about 1 1/2 years ago.


The founders of the Crestview nonprofit, faith-based outreach, along with their team of other volunteers, were back at the shelter on Monday to provide free haircuts, hair washes, facials, manicures and various toiletry items and other supplies.


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Such generosity is given by the outreach once a month at the shelter, which serves 22 on-site clients and about 40 off-site clients.


"I think it’s great," Cunningham said of the outreach folks’ help while he got his hair and goatee trimmed by outreach co-founder Letavious Wilks. "It saves $10 or $12 every time you get a haircut here. And they do a good job. You don’t have to worry about it getting all messed up."


Wilks’ wife and outreach co-founder Mekala Wilks said she enjoys helping the community.


"I love going to the salon, so I’m just trying to bring the salon to them," she said.


She noted that the outreach team includes salon workers and school teachers. The teachers include Letavious Wilks, who teaches history at Crestview High School.


The Wilks said all supplies for the outreach are donated by the community, including various churches.


"We look forward to them coming every month," Ann Sprague, the shelter’s executive director, said of reYOUvenate Beauty Outreach. "They not only give needed haircuts, but joy. And they raise the clients’ self-esteem. They can look half-decent while applying for a job."


Cunningham said he lately has been sleeping in a tent on a large piece of privately-owned land with the property owner’s permission.


"The police run us off everywhere else," he said.


He aims to acquire his own truck and work in landscaping.


While Cunningham got his hair trimmed, volunteer shelter driver Jerry Mathis sat a few feet away and received a manicure from outreach volunteer Melody Bruegenhemke.


"I want each fingernail a different color," Mathis joked.


Cunningham played along.


"I go fishing with you, but I don’t think I will now," he told his buddy.