I have recently launched a cause driven salon in Missoula, MT with a start-up grant through MT's Vocational Rehab program for people with disabilities. Between the planning stage & launch phase, I took on a partner who promised to match my start-up funds to become an equal business partner. In a nutshell, we had a falling out & the partner left me with a virtual mountain of debt one month after opening our doors.I now owe almost $4k in back rent & still need to acquire services such as insurance, a land line and internet connection (and a new computer tower. I already have a nice monitor & printer.), as well as purchasing products for stylist use and retail sales. My salon is different than any other. We offer our services at suggested prices, allowing the client to negotiate a price that is comfortable for them. We call this the "Pay-What-You-Can-Plan". For those who cannot afford to pay, we offer donated haircuts at our "First-Friday-Free-For-All" on the 1st Friday of each month. To date, I have personally donated close to 350 haircuts (!) to folks living in Missoula's local shelters (The Poverello Homeless shelter & YWCA Missoula's domestic violence shelter for women & children) and have participated in Missoula's Project Homeless Connect for the last 2 years.In order for me to continue on this mission, I desperately need to get the landlord caught up to avoid eviction (although, they've been totally gracious & understanding so far). In order to move forward, I need to acquire the previously mentioned services. I am a very driven woman who understands the basic human need of looking and feeling your best. Our physical appearance is deeply intertwined with our confidence and self esteem. If my gift of a simple haircut can instill this confidence in an individual, perhaps empowering them to go to that job interview, or go back to school, or even to like the reflection they see in the mirror...then my mission is complete. Can you please help?