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2 Paycheques Away..

Changing the stigma surrounding Mental Health, Homelessness and Addiction, one haircut at a time.

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2 Paycheques Away..

2 Paycheques Away.. unlocks new perceptions of spirited and resilient individuals from the Downtown East Side (DTES) by sharing their stories as told during their visit to the barber.

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What we do:

1. We provide complimentary haircuts for residents of the DTES and low income communities.
2. We sell coffee table books to raise money for the DTES.
3. We provide various items, by donation, that are needed on the DTES.

Two Paycheques Away.. has given 1500+ haircuts to date.

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"Don’t judge a book by its cover"

Our Stories

Meet some of the incredible people of the DTES.
Our Stories


Roberto lost his sense of smell when a grenade detonated near him during his home country of El Salvador’s civil war. He moved to Vancouver in '83. After a life of hardships, he always keeps smiling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my haircut?

We ask you email us to make arrangements to come to your living facility.

Is there a cost to get my haircut?

No, all of our haircuts are free.

Do I have to get my photo taken
in order to get a haircut?

No, you can get a haircut without getting your photo taken. We will only take your photo with your permission.


Respect is the foundation of what we do, so before we take photos, we explain why we want to and how those photos will be used. Not all clients agree to have their photos taken and that’s ok with us. We feel their stories (the bios) are equally important and also share those only with their consent.

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