Frederick Callison has been posting up outside of a Sacramento Smart & Final grocery store for the past two years – and his method for seeking help has finally paid off.
Michael Marteen noticed Callison while shopping with his family on Feb. 24. Accustomed to seeing homeless people ask for food and/or money, Marteen found it refreshing to witness someone making an effort to find work despite difficult circumstances.
When Marteen approached him, he noticed Callison was sitting on a sleeping bag with multiple resumes neatly laid out, along with a sign that read “need work and food.”
“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. “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 bought him a jug of water and some raviolis and then took a picture of his resume to post on Facebook, not knowing if anything would come of it.
Sure enough, someone came across his 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.”
The restaurant gave him clothes to wear and a friend is providing Callison with a place to stay until he can get back on his feet.
“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.”