Homeless Man Lands Job After Teen Shares His Heartbreaking Note On Facebook
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A homeless man who asked for work to 'make life worth living' has gone and landed himself his first job.
Anthony Johnson left the note by the tent he sleeps in, offering to work for free, hoping that someone would give him a break and help him change his life.
After being homeless for nine years, the 37-year-old has been sleeping next to a bus stop in Hastings, East Sussex.
Thankfully, 16-year-old Charlotte Howard shared a photo of Anthony's note on Facebook, where it garnered loads of attention - and caught the eye of a landscape gardener who was potentially in need of an assistant.
Nelson Smith, who runs his own business, contacted Anthony - and he starts his new job on Monday.
Anthony said: "The reaction after Charlotte posted the note was weird - I was suddenly bombarded with things.
"I wouldn't have got anywhere looking for a job if it wasn't for her - she really is incredible.
"She saw me and recognised my position and decided she wanted to do something to help.
"It's not like I haven't previously been asking for help but all it takes is an open-minded person like Charlotte to come along and help."
Anthony has said he used to live a very different life, and walking away from that 'horrible life' is what got him on the streets.
He said: "I didn't want to do the things I used to do - my social circles used to be drug takers and criminals. Now it's pastors and people doing outreach work.
"Getting a job is about having something to do rather than rotting away on a bench - it's about having something in your life and at the moment that seems to be coming back."
Nelson said he wanted to contact Anthony has he noticed someone 'trying to help themselves', and that in the past, he himself has experienced problems with mental health.
He said: "I contacted Charlotte and said I might be able to find something for him - it looks like we may have sorted a job for him on Monday."
Anthony expressed his gratitude for the help he's had. He said: "Thank you for helping change what I have going on, thank you for understanding my situation.
"I couldn't have got out without the help of people like them.
"If I could write a message to thank every single person who donated then I would."
Charlotte also decided to start a fundraiser to help Anthony's living situation, raising almost a grand to buy him a caravan, which they are trying to find somewhere to park.
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