There are many people in our lives that we pass by every day, and never hear their story. But when one person stopped to meet the man who was always in his parking lot, his expectations were shattered.
A man named Ian Broudy, from Boca Raton, Florida, always parks his truck in the same parking lot near his house—and for a long time would always see the same van there.
He found out that a homeless man was living out of the van.
Broudy was initially cautious of him: “Always used to think he might steal something out of the bed,” he wrote on Facebook. “But months went by and nothing was ever stolen.”
But on one recent night, Broudy decided to be generous and give the man a few dollars for food.
Broudy found the man doing something he never expected.
While Broudy wanted to help, the homeless man was already trying to help himself:
“There he is sitting in there studying multiple mechanic handbooks line by line trying to better himself as an automotive technician.”
Broudy learned that the man’s name was Loncelot Edwards. He was impressed Edwards remained determined and focused on improving his life despite his living situation.
“This guy could be begging on any street . . . and here he is sleeping in his car bettering every aspect of himself in the hopes that he will find work as an auto mechanic.”
So instead of giving Edwards the cash, he hired him to change the oil in his truck.
Broudy gave Edwards a job, but he didn’t stop there—he wanted to assist him in getting even more work.
Edwards showed him his business card, which listed his certifications. It was impressive, but the cards were printed at the library and weren’t the best quality.
So Broudy took things into his own hands:
He ordered him 500 new, professional-looking cards.
Broudy posted the story to his Facebook, and recommended Edwards to anyone who was in need of a mechanic—or who was looking to hire:
“Any of my friends on here in the auto biz looking to add employees, this guy has extraordinary work ethic and specializes in European models,” he wrote. With over 700 shares, word of his services has spread farther than it ever would’ve before.
He also included the adage “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” It’s an old saying, but his story proves it’s still true.