Meet the Melbourne man placing the needs of the homeless over his own

Nasir Sobhani
Nasir Sobhani

Less than five years ago, Nasir Sobhani depended on any type of drug that he could come by, leading to a downward spiral that nearly ruined his life.

Now a changed man, Nasir has been sober for a few years and works as a barber, taking two days off a week to travel around Melbourne to give haircuts to the homeless for free.

“A homeless person doesn’t get the respect and attention needed”, Nasir says. “So letting them know that they are worthy of human interaction is actually the main purpose here”.

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Nasir’s first client

His first patron was a heroin addict who wasn’t jobless (as everyone would assume), but washed the windows everyday for the barber shop where Mr Sobhani worked at.

“I asked him to let me cut his hair, so we sat down together and we shared out stories about our past… After I was done… his mum even came in and was taking photos and was in tears”.

Whilst talking to Nasir, he made sure to let us know that the connections created with these homeless people were held in high regard, and that the difficult stories that were shared from them only made him want to help them more.

Let’s encourage people to be more like Nasir- let’s place the needs of the homeless over ours #youoverme in order to pave the way for a better world.

You can follow his journey here:

Written by JC


8 thoughts on “Meet the Melbourne man placing the needs of the homeless over his own

  1. Shirley October 17, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    This is an amazing story, thank you for sharing! Are there any organisations in Australia that focus on this issue?


    • jenniferchan14 October 18, 2015 / 6:30 am

      So far not any specific ones that focus on giving the homeless haircuts like Nasir, but he is getting great attention doing what he does which is amazing!


  2. A New Leaf Project October 18, 2015 / 6:45 am

    Wow! This is really neat! Such a simple action can cause a lot of good. Thanks for sharing this very uplifting story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Elisabeth October 18, 2015 / 6:53 am

    Wow, this is so heartwarming ❤ It's wonderful to see that there are some truly kind people in this world who care about all those suffering and in need of help. It just goes to show that those downward spirals could happen to anyone, and also that we all have the chance to do something (however small) for those less fortunate than us. Thanks so much for sharing, can't wait to read more!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • jenniferchan14 October 28, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you for sharing this thinking! We need more people out there like you. Thank you for reading! #YOUOVERME


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