An 82-Year-Old Barber Offers Haircuts for Hugs

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.

About Lynne Strang

I'm a freelance writer who helps organizations and individuals meet their marketing and communications goals. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." To learn more, please visit my website:
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23 Responses to An 82-Year-Old Barber Offers Haircuts for Hugs

  1. bwsummers says:

    Great story Lynn, thanks for sharing. Reminds me of the Red Cross volunteer blood driver I met a few years ago, a small business owner, once a week, he closed his business early so he could drive and deliver Red Cross blood products to various hospitals and Red Cross clients. It was something he just felt called to do.

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

  3. cscatherine says:

    Would love to see more people like him out in the world!! Very inspiring!!

  4. I like this story!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  5. What a wonderful story, makes you reflect that the world of business should not just be about money. It never has been for us but this story has made me think more about what we could do to use our business to share a bit more happiness in the world xxx

  6. lbstrang says:

    One act might turn into several since kindness is contagious!

  7. What an amazing story – I agree that we need more Joe´s in the world! Thanks for another great post.

  8. What a great idea, such a sweet story, Gotta share this, thanks!

  9. pilotlex says:

    Thanks for helping me start off my Friday on a great note! My boss the Jewish carpenter would approve of Anthony’s approach towards business.

    • lbstrang says:

      Glad this story gave you a boost. At first, your comment confused me a little. The Jewish Carpenter is the name of the business where you work, right? It’s certainly a memorable name!

      • pilotlex says:

        Actually I’m sorry I should have elaborated. My Christian friends and I refer to Jesus Christ as “our Boss the Jewish Carpenter.” That’s all that was meant. Hopefully no one took it offensively, because I meant it as a compliment to Anthony and his generosity.

  10. lbstrang says:

    Based upon a quick search, it looks like there’s at least one business with that name (or variations of it), so I wasn’t sure. Thanks for the clarification — and for commenting on the story.

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