"What a difference it made," said Jon.
The reason the two are so driven in helping the less fortunate stems from Bob's own circumstances, in which he knows what it likes to walk in their shoes.
"I can remember a time when I was a single dad raising four kids and it was a tough time. I came home one night to find a bag of brand new coats on my steps," said Bob. "You remember things like that and do what you can to give back. I will always remember that bag."
In that same vein, Jon and Bob are wanting to coordinate with the Department of Social Services and its Ticket to Work Program. The program is designed to encourage those who are unemployed to seek work despite concerns of entering the workforce. Ideally, Jon said he'd like to be able to offer people who enter the program free or significantly discounted services to boost their self-esteem as they head into the working world.
"It's hard for women, especially, if they haven't worked in years or if they're entering the workforce for the first time," said Jon. "We'd like to be able to bring them in, give them a makeover, maybe some lessons on doing make-up, things like that."
"This is the first thing people cut when the economy gets bad because they figure they can get clippers and cut their own hair or pull it back in a ponytail, said Bob. "But, you know, that when you go looking for a job, your papers may look fine, they first look at you. And, if you don't look the part, you might not get the job."
In May, the two would like to hold a "purple day," in which customers who come into the salon wearing purple will have the proceeds from the services they receive donated to the American Cancer Society.