No, he did not ask for money–instead he passed out his resume, and finally, after two years, landed a job.
Frederick Callison, 52, sits with his legs crossed on the concrete ground outside a Smart & Final store in Sacramento, Calif. with nothing but a sleeping bag and a pile of resumes.
This man means business.
Every time Callison would distribute a resume, he would show a food handler’s certificate, his ID, and his Social Security card.
According to 10 News, Callison arrived from Washington state with the expectations he’d be a cook for the Salvation Army, but to his dismay, it didn’t happen.
Callison was allowed to live outside the Smart & Final store because he helped collect shopping carts, reported 10 News. Still, he never lost sight of his goal–to keep passing out his resume.
Bystanders like Michael Marteen, 25, was very impressed by the act.
“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 told TODAY.com. “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.”
Marteen brought Callison a jug of water and some ravioli and proceeded to post Callison’s resume on Facebook, unbeknownst of how much attention it would get.
Someone came across the post and offered Callison a job as a cook at a downtown restaurant called 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.”
Marteen also created a Gofundme for Callison, raising $3,795 from 142 in its first five days. Marteen then went on Facebook on March 6 to give an update on “what the Gofundme account has done so far for Fred!” He says Callison was “treated like a King.” So far he has new clothes, toiletries, a transit pass, and a storage unit.
In an update on how it’s going, Marteen shared on the Gofundme page shared that through all of this, Callison “even found his daughter who he hasn’t spoken with in years. And grandchildren he didn’t even know about.”