July 24, 2023

Where hope meets haircuts

2 min


Written by:

Megan Raynor

VIew Profile

Feeling cool and cared for. Two things these haircuts provided for the tamariki at Homes of Hope, after a visit to Forty Thieves Barbershop. Without even seeing their faces, you can feel their grins in their proud ‘after’ picture.

Homes of Hope are a foster care service based in Tauranga, who provide safe and loving homes where siblings can stay together, as well as therapeutic support for those tamariki. Their focus is on stability of care and making the kids feel loved - key factors that children need to flourish in life.

Ali and the boys after their haircuts

Taking the kids to the coolest barbershop in town to get their hair done is one way of demonstrating this love. It shows them they matter and makes them feel cool. It’s also a chance for them to learn and practice life skills, like behaving in public and expectations of different social settings.

We’re a charitable trust, so we need to go out and get a huge amount of funding to keep things going and get our kids the things they need…Without the generosity and kindness and support of people like this, we would have a harder job doing what we do and giving our kids incredible experiences like [cafe food and haircuts].


Practice Manager, Homes of Hope

This experience is made possible thanks to Forty Thieves and their generous customers, who provide haircuts to the Homes of Hope children every single month. There are three foster houses, which take turns to bring their children in, cycling through a month at a time.

To help Forty Thieves provide more haircuts to our locals in need, Holland Beckett Law (a generous Bay of Plenty full-service law firm) supports them through monetary donations. These are combined with your pay-it-forwards so Forty Thieves can give more haircuts, helping those on the other end of their scissors feel cool and cared for.

If you need a barber who is inclusive and prides themself on great cuts and good vibes, head to Forty Thieves at 204 Maunganui Road and pay-it-forward while you’re at it. You’ll walk out feeling as cool and generous as you look.

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