(Photo: Michael Marteen)
Frederick Callison of Sacramento, California had hit rock bottom, but he wasn't going to stay there.
He sat outside a grocery store, trying to get the attention of passersby. But he didn't ask for money. Instead, he was passing out his resume. Callison has extensive experience working in restaurants, which his resume listed. And he wrote on that resume that "I am firm believer in proactive productivity rather than reactive."
Indeed he was. Callison also had his Social Security card, ID card, and copies of his food handler's license. He was ready to start work. That impressed local resident Michael Marteen, who posted Callison's story and resume on Facebook and created a GoFundMe page on his behalf.
Word spread about Callison's efforts and a restaurant named Pizza Rocks hired him. The Today show reports:
"He was ecstatic about landing a job and very grateful for the opportunity," Marteen said. "He was up the night before studying the menu for hours."
The restaurant gave him clothes to wear and a friend is providing Callison with a place to stay until he can get back on his feet.
"It's easy to look at someone and not see anything but a homeless man, but after talking to him I realized he's so much more than that," Marteen said. "He's a well spoken, cool and friendly guy who knows what he wants and is going after it."
-via Huffington Post