Some folks don’t seem to get any breaks in life. They are dealt a feeble hand by life, and as a result, they come out on the bottom. He has to leave their family and home. They were forced to wander the streets searching for food and supplies, such as cans and other commodities, to stay alive and eat. This is precisely what took place with Joao Coelho Guimares. He is 45 years old, and for the past three years of his life, he has been homeless, without a place to lay his head down at night.
But when the barbershop employees volunteered to trim his hair, things started to get better for him: “He came and we asked him if he was hungry and if he wanted something to eat. He offered, but rejected, and then asked if we had a razor so he could trim his beard. In an interview with the online publication UOL, Alessandro described the occasion and said, “That’s when we had the idea, and everyone at the firm decided to help him in a different way, providing him with a day of beauty.”
In addition to providing him with a new haircut, trimming his beard, and washing him off, the barbershop also provided him with new clothing, including three shirts, a pair of jeans, a jacket, and new shoes. They had no idea that once they posted images of Joo’s transformation, his family would view the pictures and eventually locate Joo after believing that he had been dead for ten years.
Joao Coelho Guimares visited the barbershop and inquired about getting his beard trimmed while there.
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When we questioned Alessandro, the barbershop proprietor, some questions regarding the occurrence, he provided the following response when we inquired as to why they chose to assist Joo: Because we could see how much assistance he required, we decided to offer it to him. Over the past two months, we could develop a friendship with him. We welcomed him and made sure he had the whole experience when he requested for a razor.
The employees welcomed him with open arms and made him an offer that was significantly more appealing than that.
“We have several programs that provide social assistance, and for us, it is quite fulfilling to be able to serve individuals, no matter who they are,” During the pandemic, many people had to say goodbye to loved ones, and others were forced to deal with challenging financial situations. When questioned if they assist homeless people regularly, Alessandro responded, “A little support is always appreciated in such a tough time.”
They assured Joo that they would give him an entirely new appearance.
They washed Joo, shaved and cut his hair, trimmed his beard, and groomed him.
“To finish the transition required a total of two hours. The group decided to pitch in, and although each member contributed only a little, the combined effort produced a remarkable outcome. Alessandro reported that Joo had the kindest reaction when they had finished giving him the makeover. He was taken aback, but he expressed his gratitude wholeheartedly. Even though he didn’t say much, his tears said everything that needed to be said. We were taken aback when we discovered that he was lovely on the inside and outside.
Joo had an entirely new appearance by the time the barbers were finished with him.
When we asked Alessandro if he knew why Joo had left his house, he responded by saying that he didn’t want to address the question: “I didn’t want to delve into the topic of why he left home. He must have had his reasons, but our goal was to give him some dignity at that time.
Soon after the before and after images of the makeover were made public, Joo was in for an even greater shock.
Because his images became so popular, his family could locate him, and the barbershop set up a meeting for them.
His sister, Maria Coelho, was the one who identified him and hurried to meet him: “His sister Maria Coelho came in haste when she saw the images.” She has been waiting in Brasilia, the Federal District of Brazil, for the past ten years to hear some news concerning him. She even imagined that he had passed away.
Joo was thrilled to be back with his family and embarking on a new chapter in his life.
His ancestors showed him some pictures of themselves when Joo was a child.
When we questioned Alessandro about Joo’s current whereabouts, he responded, “Joo is still living on the streets.” His sister was eager to see him and take him home, but he had no interest in doing any of those things. He claimed that he could be himself when walking around the city streets. Because of this, he didn’t want to return to his house.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this change will signal the beginning of a more favourable era for Joo.