MASTERS by Winn Claybaugh Features Sister Bonnie: A Simple Haircut Can Make a World of Difference

Heeding a call to serve the homeless, Sister Bonnie opened a tiny hair salon. Today her organization serves thousands of low- and no-income adults and children. Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, she shares her story and passion for making a difference.
Sister Bonnie Steinlage, SFP: Making a Difference
Sister Bonnie Steinlage, SFP: Making a Difference
SANDY, Utah - Dec. 16, 2022 - PRLog -- Sister Bonnie Steinlage has been a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor for 50 years. She initially worked in Franciscan hospitals as a nurse and hospital chaplain, but after hearing the Gospel of Ash Wednesday, which says, "When you fast and pray, wash your face and groom your hair," she felt called to provide professional hair care to the poor. In 1986, Sister Bonnie enrolled in the International Academy of Hair Design.

After finishing beauty school, Sister Bonnie worked with the poor and homeless, cutting and styling their hair in the bathroom of a shower house for the homeless. She felt that by assisting their outer appearance, she gave her unique clientele "expression to their inner beauty."

In 1997, Sister Bonnie's one-woman ministry grew into Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart, an organization that provides professional hair care services to the homeless and children of low- and no-income families in the Greater Cincinnati area. With support from local salons, barbershops, and beauty schools, the program continues to benefit participants through enhanced appearance, resulting in higher self-esteem.

Sister Bonnie's work has been featured in numerous publications including Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, People, Women's Day, and Hair & Beauty News. She continues to give presentations to raise awareness of the ministry's benefits to the poor and homeless.

Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Sister Bonnie her incredible story and her passion for making a difference.

About MASTERS by Winn Claybaugh

Winn Claybaugh has interviewed over 325 beauty and business professionals, artists, educators, and mentors for his popular MASTERS series. His MASTERS by Winn Claybaugh podcast features a new interview every month plus "classics" from the 20-year collection.

The MASTERS roster includes beauty industry luminaries like Vidal Sassoon, Yosh Toya, Sam Brocato, Robert Lobetta, Tabatha Coffee, Ruth Roche, Vivienne Mackinder, and Robert Cromeans, along with leaders outside the industry: actors Gary Sinise and Fran Drescher, inspirational speaker and author Tim Storey, best-selling author and wealth/wisdom advisor Patrice Washington, TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons, Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar, American hero and double amputee Cedric King, Paralympic champion Mike Schlappi, Millennial-generation expert Lisa Orrell, hearing-impaired comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley, anti-bullying expert Dr. Susan Swearer, Fred Jordan Mission president Willie Jordan, and more — telling their stories and sharing their wisdom to help you achieve the success you deserve!

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