A homeless man Frederick Callison has been making judicious use of a piece of prime real estate outside a Sacramento, California, grocery store to seek for employment instead of begging for handouts like most homeless people.
Callison has been doing this for the past two years and with a little help from one man, it finally paid off.
While doing his normal shopping at a Smart & Final store with his fiance and two daughters on Feb. 24, Michael Marteen noticed Callison. He was amazed at how Callison was making such an effort to secure a job irrespective of the surrounding challenges because he was used to seeing homeless people ask for money and food.
Marteen met Callison sitting on a sleeping bag with his resume neatly laid out, along with a sign that read “need work and food.” His food handler’s certificate, Social Security card and ID were kept handy to show that he was serious about finding work.
“When I asked if I could see his resume, he hopped right up to hand one to me and then started telling me all about his experience as if it were an interview,” Marteen said in an interview.
“I’ve been in situations where I had nothing and had to bust my butt to get work, and there he was doing that, so I have a lot of respect for him.”
The 52-year-old homeless man was a former line cook who came to Sacramento two years ago from Washington with the hope of getting a job as a cook for the Salvation Army. His plans were thwarted and he ended up on the streets ever since.
Being a former staff in a catering company, Marteen thought it might be productive to pass Callison’s resume along to people he still knows in the company. After buying him a jug of water and some raviolis, Marteen took a picture of his resume to post on Facebook, not sure if that will make any difference.
Fortunately, someone came across his Facebook post and offered Callison a job as a cook at a downtown restaurant – Pizza Rocks.
“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.”
“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.”
Callison who used to be a homeless man is now off the streets and staying with a friend until he gets back on his feet. He also got clothes from the restaurant to last him a while.