Operation Reborn connects homeless Alaskans to job opportunities

Operation Reborn Client William Eberle gets his hair cut before heading out to start a job as a ranch hand.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Using scissors and sheers to cut down homeless barriers, Operation Reborn is providing free haircuts and meals to Anchorage's homeless residents while connecting them to employment opportunities.

"I've dug myself out of a hole, yeah!" returning client of Operation Reborn, William Eberle said as the barber took sheers to his hair Sunday afternoon.

Four local friends and businessmen started Operation Reborn to address the high instance of crime and homelessness in the city.

They meet every second Sunday each month, and say their client base is growing.

Founders say they have already connected ten people to employment opportunities. They say they're not just giving handouts, but are helping people get back on their feet.

"They're not just here for the food, they're not just here for the free haircuts,” co-founder Matthew Lindsay said. “They're really here because they want a job and they want to get back in the workforce."

Michael Grimm, winner of America's Got Talent 2010, is performing at Anchorage Town Square on Friday, June 22nd to raise awareness for Operation Reborn.

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