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“Haircuts 4 Homeless’” was created by 29-year-old Brennon Jones in January 2017 to help homeless men on the street.

Jones travels around Philadelphia giving haircuts to men according to the NY Daily News. Well, Jones has received a gift of a lifetime.

He now has a space he can call his own to give haircuts out to the homeless.

“My first haircut, his name is Braden. I cut his hair no 15th & Walnut (Streets). A few days later, I went to check up on him and he wasn’t there. I was hoping nothing bad happened to him. When we did catch up weeks later, he got offered a full-time job,” Jones explained to CBS News.

Ever since that haircut, Jones has provided over 1,000 free haircuts to men all over Philadelphia. Inspired by his compassion and help to the community fellow barber Shawn Johnson felt compelled to do something.

Owner of Taper’s Barbershop, Johnson bought a second location in the city as a future spot for extending his own business. He decided to donate that space to Jones so that he can continue doing his good work.

Jones was surprised on a visit to Johnson’s shop when the keys were handed to him. Johnson had asked if he liked the space and then gave him the keys.

“It wasn’t about me giving a barbershop,” Johnson explained. “When you look at the homeless and the things that they need, I looked at it as more. I built something and I want to see it keep going and I want to see it do a great thing.”

Jones will open to the public at the end of the month and will dedicate Monday’s to cutting hair for the homeless.

Jones explained that, “It’s a safe haven for me to touch and bless those lives that often we forget about.”

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(Sources: FOX29NY Daily News, & CBS News)

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