COVID threatens former bums dream, Brentons Shop

In 2010 a homeless bum walked into my house, which I used as a recovery program. He was a addict with no future in sight. But he knew he needed to do something to turn that around. 

Here is an extract of one of his poems; 

"Drugs entered in one after another. They told me it was a gateway, I was just curious what was beyond the gate and how far was the way."

He would go on to work on his personal recovery but he decided to carve out a career.

Enter, barber school. Within a year not only did this self described “Vagabond, couch cruising, straggler, backseat dreamer, park after dark, sleeping bag sleeper" graduate barber college he also graduated our recovery program. 

He now serves as a role model. 

"Why do I believe in miracles? Cuz I am one and if your daughter or son is caught in the same mess, I was in, keep praying. Look at my mommas face now,no fear. No, No devil you can't have any more of my momma's tears....or my dad's money."

In 2017, Brenton decided it wasn't enough to just change his life and graduate college. He wanted to chase his dream. So, he drove with a few hundred dollars in cash and half-full tank of gas and went from small town Illinois to Ojai, California to chase that dream. 

Since then, he has become one of the most successful barbers in that area. Making his dream become a reality. However, COVID-19 threatens his business. A business beloved by all in the area. 

So far, he hasn't been able to access any government assistance and he needs our help. His barbershop has been forced to remain closed due to government order which means no source of income. Brenton has achieved and overcome so much in his life. He gives, not just to places where he once was in recovery, but also rescuing any animal he can. 

Together, will you help keep this once homeless man's dream a reality? 






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Organizer and beneficiary

Rusty Boruff 
Coal Valley, IL
Brenton Butler 
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