About Us

About Us

At Clean Start, a mission of Ashland Area Presbyterian Ministries, we offer two private bathrooms where homeless individuals can shower with privacy and dignity. We provide towels and personal hygiene items, and clean clothing is available at The Dressing Room, the clothing closet across the hall in The Neighborhood.

We offer mail service for people who have no permanent address, as well as cleaning supplies and hygiene items to those who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

Clean Start is also a licensed beauty salon, with professional hairdressers who volunteer their time to provide free haircuts for the people we serve at The Neighborhood. We have partnered with the Bellefonte Academy of Beauty, which has graciously offered to provide haircuts for any of our clients who cannot be served in a timely manner.

Daily Operation Hours

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2516 Carter Avenue, Suite F
Ashland, KY 41101
(606)324-5802
contact@cleanstart-ashland.org
Sheri Seagraves, Executive Director

Organization History

Established in 2013, Clean Start was the brainchild of Julie Rucker Maggard, former director of Ashland Community Kitchen and Ashland Area Presbyterian Ministries.

On a brisk fall day, she watched a group of people were washing themselves in a fountain in the parking lot across from Calvary Episcopal Church. She realized then there was no place available for homeless individuals to bathe, other than fountains and public restrooms.

Maggard, now the Reverend Julie Olt, brought this need to the attention of the board of Ashland Area Presbyterian Ministries, a collaborative effort of five local Presbyterian churches, and thus the new mission was born.

Special Programs

Back-to-School Haircuts: We recruit additional hairdressers and extend our hours to provide haircuts to children before they return to school in the fall.

Volunteers

Clean Start is a beauty salon, licensed by the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, that provides free haircuts to people who cannot afford them. We always need hairdressers who would like to share their time and talent to serve the less fortunate in our community.

To volunteer, a hairdresser must have a current Kentucky license. Volunteer shifts are available Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hairdressers can volunteer weekly, biweekly, monthly or sporadically.

For more information, please contact Sheri Seagraves at (606) 324-5802.