Karaine Smith-Holness

Karaine Smith-Holness
Karaine Smith-Holness
New Haven, CT United States
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I am seeking pledges from all friends and family for this 5 mile walk for the program that we started back in 2005.  

Some of you may know the story of Jackie going on a job interview only to find herself at an orphanage in the Hudson Valley New York where she met, read to and came to care for a group of children who had been dumped in the foster care system.  Well, after having her heart torn apart by circumstances that were beyond her control, she drove back up the Merritt Parkway to her hair appointment with me at Hair's Kay Beauty & Barber Salon.  When she walked in, I  looked at me and immediately knew that something was wrong.  She told her that there were approximately 30,000 kids in foster care (in Westchester County alone) and that we should do something to help these kids.  I considered adopting a few and I realized that that was probably not going to happen.  So, I got really frustrated and said: "Well Sh*t, Jackie.  I can do their hair.  Wallah!  And, that's how KHAIR got started!

One willing hairstylist....one optimistic do-gooder...both with bleeding hearts:  I, Kay will do the hair, We will "K"are for kids: One head at a time.....  

There is much, much more to this story and perhaps you will ask me to tell you the whole story, one day.  But for now, I just need you to help me, help us, help the Community Health Network of CT Foundation raise some much needed dollars to keep our program going.  We help lots of kids, Ummmm, excuse me....We KHAIR for lots of kids and now I am asking for you to do the same...


The KHAIR program started out with barbers and hairstylists donating their time and services to kids receiving behavioral health counseling.  It has since grown to include a series of six self-esteem boosting workshops that offer life skills to teens who are suffering from emotional/physical trauma - the ones who need that extra help in order to thrive.  Please read, further to find out more about what we do and how it gets done.








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