SA STRONG: Hair salon owner gives back to shelter he once stayed in

A local hair salon owner is giving back to children in need in a big way.

Helping people feel good about themselves is what Rick Wright is all about.

“I feel like with hair, you have to really understand your client,” said Wright, owner of Rick Wright Salon on Blanco Rd.

It’s a bond that goes beyond styling hair.

“To have them walk out with a pep in their step or to be able to vent and listen to them. It’s a legit relationship,” added Wright.

That same compassion is also what inspires him to fulfill another purpose in his life.

“I had a lot of extra product because I had a new line that was coming in. Instead of selling it, I wanted to be able to donate it to donate it to someone that was in need.”

Every year, the salon owner donates the products to children at the local shelter, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA).

“Kids play a special place in my heart,” said Wright.

The connection to the shelter is a personal one for him.

“My home was not very stable. I came from a very mentally abusive home,” said Wright.

Rick Wright owns Rick Wright Salon in San Antonio. Photo Courtesy: Rick Wright

Rick Wright owns Rick Wright Salon in San Antonio. Photo Courtesy: Rick Wright

At the age of 12, Wright said he ran away from home and RMYA became his safe zone.

“I didn’t want to return back home. For me individually, besides being safe, I felt like I could just be a kid,” explained Wright.

Wright said he stayed in the shelter for 90 days. Today, RMYA is a reminder of what his reality once was.

“A shelter like Roy Maas truly is a blessing.”

Wright has not only donated hair products, but clothes too.

“When I got there I had no clothes at all. It means so much to me knowing there is a child there that is wearing something of mine,” added Wright.

It’s what keeps him connected to his purpose.

“I know as a child you don’t have control, but there is so much that can change when you are older. The sky is the limit. Anything is possible.”

To learn more about how you can donate to Roy Maas Youth Alternatives, click HERE.

Fox 29

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