It was a special day and he was getting something special from the Philly barber who got some real boost to his morale after seeing a homeless man's reaction.
Philadelphia Barber B. JaWuan Jones's Haircuts4Homeless initiative got a homeless man feeling the Brotherly Love. During a recent transformation, he received an unexpected reaction after cutting a man's hair named Bill.
In his Instagram post, Jones wrote that it was a special occasion because Bill was celebrating his 56th birthday. In the post, Jones shared a series of before and after photos of Bill.
"Met this guy today named Bill who was celebrating his 56th birthday and needed a haircut. He told me to make it extra special, I did my best! Before I was done I noticed he was starting to get a bit emotional. He said ‘all I can say is God is Good! For the first time in years, I can feel good on my birthday!' Jones wrote in the post.
Bill's response was moving for Jones. Afterward, he said that he plans to do this “giving back thing for life.”
Jones' initiative stays as a symbol of hope in the black community - and it has come a long way from 2017 when his wife gave him the idea for starting the initiative. Jones decided that January should be the month, and he has overcome obstacles.
Four months after launching, he quit his job as a security officer to focus on providing haircuts to the homeless population in downtown Philadelphia on a full-time basis, reports 'Becauseofthemwecan'.
“I’ve been a barber for 12 years. Gave it up because the passion wasn’t there. The passion was restored when I started working with the homeless," he added.
Jones' plans don't stop at the outdoor barber chair he sets up on Broadway and Walnut Street. He wants to do more.
"My goal is to open up the "Compassion Center," a homeless shelter and resource for teens and adults experiencing homelessness."
Until then, he's currently searching for a place to move the initiative indoors during the winter months.
Jones is supported by his wife who is a cosmetologist and assists him on his Haircut4Homeless tours. You can support his self-funded initiative via PayPal or cash app at $haircut4homeless.
Philadelphia Police trying to shut down a black man giving free haircuts to the homeless.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) April 14, 2019
THIS IS INFURIATING. THIS IS SO OUTRAGEOUS.
According to Yahoo News, in April this year, police had even tried to shut down his shop, when he was giving a haircut to a homeless man, without giving Jones a specific reason. It had sparked outrage online, as people said that the police was trying to criminalize Jones' good deeds.
Thank God for video cameras! No one would believe what’s happening here was real if s/he didn’t see it. Now trying to help someone down on his lack is a crime? We should applaud men like this barber! God bless him... & the homeless people to whom he’s showing compassion.— Waithira M. Protano (@In2TheSunshine2) April 14, 2019
Jones didn’t waver and told the officer that he had permission to give his sidewalk haircuts — something that he was sure of after years of doing just that. Still, the officer went ahead and placed some phone calls and seemingly argued with Jones through the duration of the two minutes Twitter clip.