This Homeless Guy Passed out Resumes Instead of Asking for Money to Find His Dream Job

This Homeless Guy Passed out Resumes Instead of Asking for Money to Find His Dream Job

David Casarez has a ton of experience in web development, a relatively in-demand field. He graduated from Texas A&M University. He is articulate and intelligent enough to piece together a resume that lists all of his skills and past work history.

He was also out of a job, and fell on hard times. So hard that he became homeless and resorted to sleeping in parks in the Mountain View, California area.

Rather than flipping the system “the bird,” David got dressed, made a sign, and went on the highway to ask people for help. 

But, his idea of “help” was different than other roadside panhandlers you often see during your commute.

David decided that instead of asking for handouts, he’d hand something out himself: his resume.

Which caught the eye of tons of people, like Twitter user Jasmine Scofield, who asked David if she could take his photo and share news of his search for a job on Twitter.

Her post absolutely blew up — it has over 216,000 likes and 135,000 retweets as of right now.

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Jasmine spoke with David to find out more about his background and what spurred him to make such a drastic gesture.

For David, it’s his desire to have a successful tech career Silicon Valley, the mecca of the tech world. A “teccha” if you’ve got a penchant for terrible pun-amalgams.

As much of a desperate act as it was, it paid off. David ended up getting calls from Google, Netflix, and LinkedIn, among others.

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David’s persistence paved way for the viral moment that ultimately ended up nabbing him over 200 job offers. 

In an interview with The New York Post, David sounds like he’s still trying to process the happy-insanity that’s befallen him since Jasmine’s tweet went viral.

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“Google reached out to me…So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups. A product manager for Bitcoin.com was wondering if I could work remotely or if I want to relocate to Tokyo. But tonight, I’ll be back on my bench in Rengstorff Park,” he told the Post.

The 26-year-old David left a good job with General Motors in Austin and moved out west in the hopes of launching his own tech startup.

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He cashed out his 401k and pounded the pavement in Silicon Valley looking for a job. He was living out of his 2015 Ford utility van. More than a year passed and David was still living in his van. Thanks to free Starbucks WiFi, David was able to pick up some freelance gigs, but hadn’t landed a full-time job.

“No one was hiring. I had an interview with Apple in January, but the job was filled interally,” He told the Post.

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David’s van was repossessed, and didn’t have anywhere to stay, except for a local park. Still, he didn’t give up hope: he kept applying to jobs, sleeping in the park day in, and day out. On Friday, July 27th, he decided to dress up to “look presentable” to prospective employers. 

He carried his “Hungry 4 Success” sign and a stack of resumes.

“It was basically a make-or-break moment. I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next,” he said.

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For David, the over-the-top gesture signaled the end of the line for him. It was his last-ditch effort to try and finally make it in Silicon Valley before cutting his losses and returning to his hometown.

“I was thinking, you know, like this was like my last stop. If this didn’t work, I’d go back home and give up on my dream.”

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A few hours passed before Jasmine stopped her car and snapped a photo of David and shared it online. From that fateful moment, the job offers kept pouring in for the young man.

We were all raised on movies that are filled with stories of people being driven to the edge where they’re forced to go past their breaking point before something finally pans out for them. For many who do this, things don’t pan out and they eventually give up. I’m happy that in David’s case, he did not.

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Government Officials Tell Church To Stop Feeding The Homeless After Thanksgiving

The United Methodist Church in Malibu, California has offered a free meal to the homeless every Wednesday for the past three years. It’s an act of charity that would seem to go right along with Jesus’ whole ‘be kind to the poor’ message.

“It’s a safe place,” Michah Johnson, a homeless resident of Malibu, told CBS. “And everyone is welcome. And the food is really good. It’s home-cooked. And there’s TLC involved. They keep my spirits up. They keep me accountable. When you’re homeless, it’s very easy to slip off and become jaded.”

But city officials requested a meeting with the church’s leaders to directly ask them to stop feeding the homeless. “Very succinctly, they claimed we are increasing homelessness,” said Dawn Randall, who works with the church.

Commenters on the CBS report were outraged at the heartlessness of the city…

In the statement, the city denies that any decisions were made and says the issue will be addressed at a public meeting tonight. We look forward to getting an update on this matter.

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Teen Takes The Shoes Off His Own Feet After Seeing Homeless Man With Holes In His

Labor Day is typically Summer’s last stand. It’s a 3 day weekend for most, which means we have 3 nights and 2 days to go out and enjoy ourselves, with one full day to recover before tackling a shortened work/school week.

A few people out in Louisville, Kentucky opted to spend their Labor Day weekend differently.  Fourteen year old LaRon Tunstill, better known as RonRon locally, was taking part in a barbecue set up by PurpMe (People Uplifting Real People) to feed the homeless, when he noticed a gentleman walking along the side of their spread.

He sparked a conversation with the man, and while they were talking, saw the tattered pair of shoes he was wearing.  Jason Reynolds, the founder of PurpMe, saw the shoes. “The soles were completely gone.  His toes literally touched the ground.”

RonRon immediately took off his brand new Nike Air Jordans and gave them to the man, who was reluctant to accept them at first. “At first he was like ‘no, I can’t take these because these are too expensive.’ I told him, ‘take it’ because it’s what God wanted me to do.” RonRon told WAVE.

Reynolds, still in awe of the exchange, spoke:

“It was life-changing to see that powerful moment, Just a year before, he (Tunstill) was getting into trouble and now you see that he’s changing. He used to get in a lot of trouble when I first met him.”

After RonRon’s gift, Reynolds started a GoFundMe page where 100% of the donations would go to helping children in the area.  

“I always tell the kids one simple act is all it takes. Maybe you can’t change the world but you can change someone’s world.”

(h/t wdrb)

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This Incredibly Motivated Homeless Student Biked Six Hours And Camped Outside His School

Police in Barnesville, Georgia rushed over to Gordon State College after receiving a complaint of a tent pitched outside the school. They told the tent’s occupant to exit the tent with his hands in sight. So Fred Barley, a homeless student, emerged.

The nineteen year old biked six hours to the college town so he could job hunt before the dorms opened in August. 

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The biology major, who had just enrolled in his second semester, brought only his tent, some water, a box of cereal, and a few personal belongings… Talk about dedication to getting an education, despite impossible circumstances. 

The officers, taking “protect and serve” seriously, brought Barley to a motel and paid for a two-night stay. 

“I could tell he was a good kid … who had been dealt a bad hand,” officer Dicky Carreker tells the Barnesville Herald-Gazette. Carreker’s wife was so moved by Barley’s story that she posted it on a community Facebook page. 

Once her Facebook post began circulating, locals decided to get involved to make sure Barley could have a successful year in school. 

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Casey Blaney, the owner of the motel where he was staying paid for his room through Monday, when he’ll be allowed to move into the dorms early. Barley also got a job at a local pizza place and received a variety of donations from locals including school supplies, clothes, and a new bike.

Once Barley’s story started making national news, impressed people everywhere got involved to help the dedicated student. Blaney started a ‘Success For Fred’ GoFundMe page  which shattered the $ 30,000 goal, reaching over $ 51,000 in only two days. 

Barley has since recorded this thank you video for all his supporters. 

“I can’t begin to come up with half the words to explain how much I feel,” the aspiring doctor said. “I’m in total shock.” He also promised to save the money as best he could and even offered to keep his supporters updated on his performance in school. 

So, there is some hope left for humanity, after all. Yes, there are people causing traffic accidents over Pokémon Go, and tragedy / political violence seems rampant, but there are also incredibly determined students and people with the good sense to help them out. (h/t wsb-tv)

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