How One Act Of Kindness Transformed A Homeless Man’s Life

featured-imageHomeless people are often invisible to the folks who pass them on the streets. In these tough economic times, it has become harder and harder to open our hearts to those who have it worse than us.

Instead, many of us fall back on judgments to protect our own sanity, “maybe they’d spend the money on drugs or alcohol” or “maybe they brought this on themselves.”

Cesia Abigail didn’t pass on by with an excuse when she met a homeless man. What she did was totally unexpected and the results of her kindness should be an inspiration to us all.

10. Meet Cesia

001-10-meet-cesia-1035156Cesia works hard for her money. She’s the owner and worker at Abi’s Cafe which specializes in Salvadorian food in Minneapolis’ Lake Street area. She loves working with food but says it’s a hard job which brings little in the way of financial rewards which is why she found it hard to deal with Marcus as first.

9. Cesia Meets Marcus

002-9-cesia-meets-marcus-376eea4d18664a89961900aa3eb0ae2fMarcus was sleeping on the streets and in desperation, he turned to Cesia’s cafe and walked in to ask for some food. Cesia wasn’t too friendly at first she greeted his request with, “You know nothing is given to me for free, right?” and followed it with “Why don’t you have a job?”

8. A Confession

003-8-a-confession-1035160Marcus told Cesia that he didn’t have a job because he had felony convictions in his past and that no-one would give him money. He also admitted that sometimes he stole to get by. Cesia measured him up and said, “You want a job? Then I have one for you.”

7. Would Work for Food

004-7-would-work-for-food-1035163Marcus couldn’t believe it. He was very happy. He told Cesia that he’d be prepared to do anything for some food. So she told him he could work washing dishes for the next 2 hours just until the end of the day. She also made him a sandwich so that he could conquer his hunger. What he did shocked Cesia.

6. Sharing and Caring

005-6-sharing-and-caring-1035165Marcus cut the sandwich in half and darted out the door to return a few seconds later. He had given half the sandwich to a homeless lady. Cesia questioned him and found he didn’t even know the woman. He just knew that she was hungry and he could help.

5. No Way Forward

006-5-no-way-forward-2fc29024b1147a33753bfa486cb8d772Cesia couldn’t afford to take Marcus on full-time but he still showed up every day to work a 2 hour shift for the next 2 weeks. He then spends his salary in the restaurant because he knows Cesia is struggling and he needs the food. What a guy!

4. A Breath of Hope

007-4-a-breath-of-hope-1035169Cesia said, “If restaurants and businesses don’t do anything to help the less fortunate, then they become part of the problem.”

In fact, she’s been so impressed with Marcus she’s trying to work out a way to give him full-time work. Which would be just fantastic.

3. The World Hears About It

008-3-the-world-hears-about-it-1035171Cesia shared her and Marcus’ story on her Facebook page and suddenly people started sharing it with others and they shared it a lot. More than 200,000 people have now heard about them. One person said, “All we need sometimes is a helping hand.” and now it looks like Marcus has had that hand.

2. Finally, A Bright Future For Marcus

009-2-finally-a-bright-future-for-marcus-1035173Cesia says, “People need to have someone believe in them.” Marcus has been living rough since he was just 16 years old. So Cesia’s been teaching him to save money so that he can take care of himself in the long-term as well as just today. He banks 10% of everything he earns.

1. A Message for Everyone

010-1-a-message-for-everyone-1035175Cesia has a message for everyone, “Do something nice for someone today and don’t judge them just because they out there asking for money for we don’t know their situation… some deserve another shot. We want change? Well, start by making one.” It’s hard not to agree with that.

If you want change in this world, you have to make change. Homelessness shouldn’t be something that happens in wealthy countries like ours.

Yet, it does. Marcus made mistakes in his life but he shouldn’t spend his whole life paying for them. Giving someone a shot at redemption is the right thing to do.

Cesia was prepared to take a chance on Marcus. Could you find it in your heart to give someone another chance in life and maybe transform their world, in the way that Cesia’s transformed Marcus’s? We hope that all of us can.


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