Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Homeless Man’s Hipster Makeover Made Him Cry Tears Of Disbelief.

There is still a stigma around homelessness. For years, people have assumed that those that live in the street are there by choice; if only they worked harder, drank less, didn't do drugs. The problem, however, is much more complex than superficial assumptions.

The Canadian web-based research library and information center, The Homeless Hub, found that mental illness can "impair a person’s ability to be resilient and resourceful; it can cloud thinking and impair judgment. For all these reasons, people with mental illness are at greater risk of becoming homeless." Those suffering from mental health issues tend to stay homeless longer, nonetheless, access to community services as well as supportive housing are key components in keeping those individuals off the streets.

Jose Antonio was an electrician, whose depression got progressively worse.

The man was unable to keep a steady job and have a place to live, consequently, he wound up living on the streets of Palma de Mallorca in Spain.

Jose Antonio was an electrician, whose depression got progressively worse.

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This was 25 years ago, but the 55-year-old was ready to change his life.

Salva Garcia, the owner of the hair salon La Salvajeria, joked with Jose Antonio about giving him a makeover for a long time. But the man, who works as an unlicensed parking lot attendant, was not interested.

This was 25 years ago, but the 55-year-old was ready to change his life.

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"At first, he didn’t want to, but one day he changed his mind," Garcia told La Vanguardia newspaper.

Jose Antonio wanted to rent a room to live in and find full-time employment. He understood he needed to change his appearance.

"At first, he didn’t want to, but one day he changed his mind," Garcia told La Vanguardia newspaper.

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Garcia has shutters on the mirrors of the salon. He asked Jose Antonio if he wanted the blinds opened or closed.

"Let's close them. It will be like something really opening up in my life," he told Garcia. "Like a symbol, closed please."

Garcia has shutters on the mirrors of the salon. He asked Jose Antonio if he wanted the blinds opened or closed.

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Jose Antonio said homelessness was a long road that began with depression.

He says he loves himself but he cannot be happy with the life he has. "Parking cars and live like this doesn't make anyone happy," he says.

Jose Antonio said homelessness was a long road that began with depression.

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