Hands Together Historic Triangle helps neighbors in need

hbridges@vagazette.com

With scissors and comb in hand, stylist Holly Brothers trimmed Mendel Williams’ hair.

“It’s my birthday cut!” said Williams, a Newport News resident. She turned 62 last Thursday.

The haircut didn’t occur in a salon, though. It took place in a room of the Quarterpath Recreation Center, where Brothers and other stylists from Pigtails & Crewcuts provided haircuts at Monday’s Hands Together Historic Triangle event.

A haircut was one of several services available Monday. In its fourth year, Hands Together aims to provide one-stop access for various resources to homeless and precariously housed community members.

Around 44 “providers” filled the Quarterpath gymnasium. Lackey Clinic and Olde Towne Medical Center offered medical screenings. Nonprofit organizations, such as Literacy for Life, FISH, Avalon and Child Development, were there to connect with residents. There were social services representatives from Williamsburg, James City County and York-Poquoson.

People come through the doors with different needs, said Hands Together spokeswoman Natalie Miller Moore – needs ranging from finding housing to needing an identification card.

“Just because you have food and shelter, doesn’t mean you don’t need other things,” Moore said. Like a bus pass or a bike repair.

In 2015, Hands Together assisted nearly 250 guests. Moore said early Monday that she expected the same number of people this year, and by the first hour, 66 guests had already stopped by.

Hands Together was created by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle class of 2013.

Look to Wednesday’s issue of the Gazette for full coverage.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

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