Finding a job can be tough. Having to spend hours upon hours updating your resume, filling out applications, and attending interviews is stressful at best and incredibly draining at worst. Yet this issue is even worse for homeless people who may not have cars, Internet access, or work-appropriate clothing.
Paulo Maurice Young was such a person. When he applied for a job at the aerospace factory Pratt and Whitney, he had little else beyond the clothes on his back. Nevertheless, they had an interest in Young and decided to bring him in for an interview.
Young walked over six hours to get to and from his job interview.
Getting to the interview was no easy task for Georgia resident Young. He didn’t have a car and only had $1 in his pocket, so he couldn’t call an Uber either.
With no other options, Young was forced to take an extra long walk: 3 hours to get there and 3 hours back!
“[It’s] amazing I made it within 15-20 minutes prior to my interview, on time,” Young said recently on video.
Little did he know he’d make that journey many more times, as he ended up getting that job.
Young got a temporary position at that company and he stuck to it, knowing it could lead to a permanent position down the line. Each day he made the same lengthy trek to and from work, but his coworkers were none the wiser.
Eventually though, they started to notice odd things about Young, like how he didn’t seem to ever shower or wash his clothes. They grew concerned and wanted to know how they could help.
“They politely asked me ‘Where do you live?’ and I didn’t want to tell them at first I was homeless because of pride but they were not gonna let that go,” Young said.
Once they learned of Young’s situation, his coworkers stepped in to help.
Everyone played their part in assisting Young, but his manager, Kelly Johnston, really got the ball rolling.
“We needed to do something and what could we do?” she asked. “I immediately called and we checked United Way. We got him shelter and food that night.”
In the following days, fellow co-workers would provide him with food, shelter, and the use of their washing machines. Helping out Young in his time of need allowed him to get to where he is today.
Young now has a full-time job and is no longer homeless.
Having given his all at his temp job, Young now works at Pratt and Whitney full-time. With his full-time job came a living wage, a house and a car.
Hearing what Johnston said about him, it’s pretty clear why he was given a permanent position.
“He just has that attitude that just grabs you. His personality, his smile and that’s what I think really hit home for me,” she said. “He’ll be here any day that they need him because he wants to really succeed in life.”
This positive attitude and drive to succeed comes from Young’s desire to take care of his young daughter and be the best father he can be.
“She’s my world, she’s the reason why I don’t give up,” he said.
This new job allows Young to provide for her in a way that he never could before.
“It just feels like a dream come true,” he said. “I started from nowhere to a new company and new family and it’s a blessing.”
Click the video below to hear Young’s story.