A homeless man has been given the opportunity to get back on his feet after he asked a Texas steakhouse owner for a job busing and she gave him "a whole new start."
And the story has well and truly warmed our hearts...
Homelessness has been a major issue for decades now...
And even though the problem is gradually being tackled, there are still way too many people living rough on the streets.
Did you know that there were 552,830 people counted as homeless here in America in 2018?
And the overall homeless population on a single night represents 0.2 percent of the total U.S. population or seventeen people per 10,000 in the population?
Totally shocking, we know.
It's an issue that doesn't seem to be getting solved...
And it's also an issue that's happening all around the world.
So many governments seem reluctant to properly acknowledge the matter...
And despite there being thousands of homeless charities and shelters out there, so many people living on the streets continue to go unnoticed.
Until a few months ago, Kenneth Smith was one of those...
But now, thanks to the kindness of strangers and his local community, Kenneth can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
A couple of months ago, Kenneth was sat outside of an Outback Steakhouse in Texas when a woman asked if he was okay.
Smith admitted to the woman that he wasn't and so she brought him a $100 gift card for the restaurant.
"I've been homeless for, like, a good four years," Smith said told NBC.
"Wondering how am I going to get a meal? Who am I going to turn to? Who can I ask?"
Smith headed inside for a meal, where he began talking to Outback's managing partner, Laura Hodges.
"I noticed he was a little apprehensive, so I started talking to him. And then he disclosed to me he was homeless," Hodges said.
Hodges found out that the woman outside had helped Smith, and so she also decided to help by giving him a warm meal when he needed it.
"She gave me an Outback Steakhouse card. Told me, 'whenever you want to eat, just come on in," Smith told NBC.
Smith then began returning to the restaurant just for meals, until an opening for a busboy became available.
Smith asked for the job and Hodges agreed.
"Then he just started coming in regularly. He wants to work. He wants to earn money. He wants to earn a living," Hodges said.
Smith now works at the restaurant 6 days per week.
"When I came in here I just went straight to work. It's like home up here," Smith said.
But that's not the end of Hodge's help...
Although Smith now had a job, he still didn't have a roof over his head.
So, Hodges posted on the Fort Worth Foodie Facebook group, explaining Smith's situation and asking for recommendations of low-cost housing.
But instead of recommendations, community members began donating money and offering to pay for his stay.
In just twenty-four hours, people donated more than $2,000.
Smith now has a roof over his head, is saving for a car and, eventually, a home.
One day, he even hopes to run his own food service.
"This is a whole new beginning that God has blessed me with, so I'm trying to get on this right good track that he wants me to stay on," he told WFAA
"God is good. If he can do it for me, he can do it for anybody else."