BY JOANNA BROOKER | Q&A: Marti Baker, founder
Plus: Archie Baker, Penny Troutt, Richard Grossbard, and Connie Killingsworth, volunteers
As a barber for 35 years and a volunteer at Lost Sheep Ministry, MartiBaker was touched by what she witnessed while volunteering, and she had a brainstorm: Why not combine these two missions? In April 2016, Baker decided she would cut the hair of the homeless for free—and she created a new organization to do just that. Since then, CareCuts of Knoxville has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves the Knoxville homeless community the first Sunday of every month. They now partner with other ministries on that day to provide food, clothing, and guidance.