Local barber celebrates 3 years of helping the homeless with free haircuts

Hadas Kuznits
January 11, 2020 - 5:46 pm
Brennon Jones gives a free haircut in Center City, on the median at Broad and Walnut Streets.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A local barber is helping the homeless, one haircut at a time, and a popular Philadelphia wedding photo spot is where he set up shop.

"Monday through Saturday, I get out here around 11 and I'm here until the last person gets their hair cut," said Brennon Jones, on the median at Broad and Walnut Streets. Jones, from Chester, quit his job and started Haircut 4 Homeless nearly three years ago, giving free haircuts to homeless people in that iconic location.

"This is my spot," he said. "I bounce around the city sometimes, but for the most part, I'm here."

A man named Shawn was seated in his barber chair right in the median, where cars passing by in either direction could easily hand Jones a donation from their windows.

"I walked into Wawa to get a drink, came out," Shawn recalled. "Somebody said he's giving haircuts out for free, because I have a mop on my head right now, so somebody said maybe you should go get a haircut."

Shawn said a fresh cut felt good, and expressed his gratitude to Jones for providing that for him. "Being poor and the financial position I'm in, it is hard to get a haircut," he said, "so I look to him as something sort of like and angel looking out for me."

Jones said he was inspired to help the people who seem to be invisible in our society. "You know, it's purpose-driven and it's just all about trying to rebrand humanity," he explained. "It's bigger than a haircut. Sometimes it's just as simple as this conversation."