Don’t you wish that the good people from the neighborhood would get the attention of Fox, CBS, CNN, or any major media outlet? The good stories always seem to fall by the wayside…until now.
Filmmaker J.V. Harvey has taken it upon himself to profile the good samaritans of the Hartford, Connecticut neighborhood where the homeless come to congregate and get good home-cooked meals and professional haircuts from not social service programs, but normal everyday people who want to help in their community.
Anthony Cymerys also known as Joe the Barber, has been providing haircuts to the homeless since 1988 for the price of a hug.
Right after the 82-year-old barber retired, he heard a sermon that helped him to see his life through the eyes of service and he didn’t want to see the homeless to look homeless anymore. According to Oddity Central:
“In the beginning, he helped people in shelters and convalescent homes, then he cut hair in downtown YMCA for years, before moving to the carousel near Bushnell Park. Every Wednesday, the wooden benches on the Elm Street side of the park are packed with homeless people waiting for a relaxing haircut, shave and facial massage…”
The service he provided inspired others and Betty Magee and Ed Galler started making homemade meals for the homeless.
“The first couple of times I came with Joe, so I felt safe,” Magee said. “Then after you’re here a couple of times, you realize it’s fine.”
Read more here and check out the trailer for J.V. Harvey’s “Unsung Hero” below.