At age 57, Anthony Cymerys retired from a career in business and started a mobile barbershop in 1988, offering his services at shelters, convalescent homes and a local YMCA. These days, the Hartford, Connecticut resident — known on the streets as Joe the Barber — continues to help the less fortunate.
Each Wednesday, the 82-year-old Cymerys sets up a chair in Hartford’s Bushnell Park and puts his clippers to work. For longtime clients, the homeless or those facing hard times, the haircut fee is always the same: a hug.
Cymerys decided to offer haircuts for hugs after being inspired by a church sermon. His goal: to help the homeless not look homeless.
You can read more about Joe the Barber’s heart-warming story in this article.