As a viral video of homeless men given free haircuts shows, the power of social work can come from a simple ritual many of us take for granted.
Called "What's the Difference?," the short, 1-minute long video was a concept of Tyler Bridges, who worked with a team that approached homeless people from the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, offering them a shower, free haircut, and clean clothes. Barbers Terrance Fine and Tim Doma provided the hair cuts in the video, their work completely transforming the four featured men.
As the viral video shows, the transformation that these homeless men experience after they get a haircut and shave is inspiring.
Viewed over 2 million times on YouTube, the video asks us what makes us different from those that are homeless on the street, challenging how we look at others less fortunate than us. Viewers see the before and after looks of the men, and the change is dramatic. Not only do you see how the haircut transforms the way the men gain more confidence, but it also allows many of us to question our sense of fear or shame when approaching the homeless. Overall, the video reminds us of our humanity, and to remember to look beyond face-value when confronted with our community's homeless. And with over 3.5 million people experiencing homelessness each year in the United States, compassion and action is an important gift we can all give.
As the video showed, it does not matter how small or large a good deed is: it's impact goes a long way in changing someone's life and changing our perceptions of others. To learn more about job opportunities in Social Work or to hire a talented professional in this field, please contact us.
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