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Eugene man who gave free haircuts to homeless lands job as barber

Jacob Lucas has come a long way to become a full-time barber at The Barber Shop off of Oak Street.

Posted: Sep. 20, 2018 5:39 PM
Updated: Sep. 20, 2018 6:19 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man who cut homeless people's hair for free has been hired at a barber shop near you.

Jacob Lucas has come a long way to become a full-time barber at The Barber Shop off of Oak Street. He was hired last week after getting his barbering license in August at a local barbering school.

Lucas has had some demons he's had to battle in his life. He is an ex-felon and said just last year he had four drug overdoses.

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Back in June, Lucas was giving homeless people free haircuts as he worked toward his barbering license. Lucas said these past 10 months he is happy to share he's been sober as he continues to move in the right direction.

"It's almost a feeling of completion,” Lucas said. “I finally, determinedly completed something that I set out to do, and it happened faster than I ever expected it. It just feels like it was out of reach, but with the help of the community, it just felt like it was possible."

Lucas said he is still giving free haircuts to homeless people throughout Eugene during his free time with help from another barber at the shop.

Lucas said next month Serenity Lane, an addiction treatment center in Eugene, is going to be honoring him with their "Unsung Hero Award."

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