EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene man is providing free haircuts for the homeless to give back to the community.
Over the years Jake Lucas has had to overcome his own demons, whether it was facing homelessness or battling with drug addiction.
Lucas said he has been sober for more than six months now, and is ready to make a difference and show others they can do the same.
He said he has provided more than 400 free haircuts for homeless people in the downtown area since he first started giving free haircuts back in February.
Lucas said he walks throughout downtown and approaches those who are less fortunate and offers to cut their hair for free using wireless clippers.
Lucas said the motivation behind his efforts is to show people that someone cares about them and hopes the haircut will give them confidence to bounce back.
"I'm doing this because I know how much a haircut changes your self-esteem and maybe it will give somebody the hope of getting a job or maybe even come up out of it," said Lucas.
Lucas said he is working on becoming a licensed barber in Oregon. He has a GoFundMe page that has already received more than $1,000 over his goal. Lucas plans on using the money for school tuition and more barber equipment.
He plans on enrolling in a barbering school in the area, and also plans on continuing to provide free haircuts moving forward.