For Fort Worth resident Tyrone Miller, 38, a haircut offers a better outlook on life.
“I was scruffy. When he cut my hair, I felt good. I looked good,” Miller said from inside Clean Up USA’s barbershop bus. “It’s been excellent.”
Nonprofit organization Clean Up USA hosts free haircut days, free clothing days and food pantries in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Every Tuesday, the organization is stationed in Fort Worth at various locations.
The bus was stationed Sept. 6 outside of Never the Less Always the More Ministries, 1136 E. Vickery Blvd., where volunteers give away food to houseless people.
Organization founder Jordan Allsup began cutting hair in March 2020.
“I prayed for a long time for God to send a barber,” Allsup said. “He sent me a pair of clippers.”
Allsup said he gave over 1,000 haircuts in 2021.
The smile at the end is …. LOVELY #AllNeighborsWelcome pic.twitter.com/LvLWDzYStg— Clean⬆️ (@cleanUP501c3) September 6, 2022
Volunteer coordinator Debbie Arnold said the organization doesn’t go to a destination unless it is invited.
Haircuts inside the barber shop bus are free of charge and serve as an example of Allsup’s mission to serve the community. Some days, Allsup drives the clothing bus around. Other days, he drives his own home, a recreational vehicle, and lets homeless people shower in it, he said.
“I pray every day that God gives me the skills and the ability to serve my neighbors and give my neighbors the grace to receive whatever I can give them.”
Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.
Clean Up USA September Schedule:
9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 Casa de Esperanza in Fort Worth
1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 Samaritans House in Fort Worth
Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 Midpark Towers in Dallas
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 Salvation Army Fort Worth
12:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 YMCA in Arlington
10 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 Fellowships of the Parks Grapevine
4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 New Friends, New Life (Women only) in Dallas
8 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 Downtown Fort Worth
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 Roti Fundraiser (McKinney Avenue)
9 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 Women and Children’s Center Fort Worth
4 -to8 p.m. Sept. 26 The Entro Apartments in Dallas
9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 LVT Rise in Fort Worth