Meet Ali Glass. Ali was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and currently resides in Connecticut. At age nine, Glass was taken from his home due to abuse and neglect. He entered the foster care system. Growing up, Glass faced countless challenges and setbacks (moving from house to house, changing schools, etc). Eventually, Ali got caught up with the wrong crowd and engaged in illegal activities, which landed him in jail for five years. Upon release, Ali received support from the non-profit agency Beacon Light in Hartford. That was the turning point in his life.

Since then, Glass has had a tremendous journey of healing and growth. What seemed to be missing in his biological family, Ali created in his own village. In 2016, he married Quanda Glass. Earlier this year, he became the new owner of Hamden Barber.  His vision is to transition the barbershop into a non-profit organization that offers similar support to that which he received from Beacon Light.

The Hamden Barber serves as an information hub for the Institute of Professional Practice Inc. Permanency Services Division and for those interested in learning more about foster care. Please stop in to learn more.  And while you’re at it, get a haircut! Glass is offering discounted cuts to youth in foster care!

You can visit Hamden Barber, located at 1202 Dixwell Ave. Hamden, CT 06514
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