MARIN CITY, Calif. — A Marin City, California, man is getting praise for helping a homeless man get back on his feet, and it all started with lunch.
After shopping, they visited several businesses but quickly learned most of them asked for online applications. So August took Atkinson to their local library.
“And let me tell you something,” wrote August. “We take our computer literacy for granted. Watching him struggle to fill out an application put so much into perspective for me… I saw firsthand how the ‘system’ is set up to fail people like Tarec. There is no way he would have been able to do any of this without my help.”
August said after a week of phone interviews, he drove Atkinson to Safeway, a grocery store, for an in-person interview.
“I dropped him off, wished him luck and waited. Twenty minutes later, I see him walk out of Safeway with a big smile and a thumbs up.”
They celebrated Atkinson’s accomplishment with ice cream, but August told WABC that things fell through.
According to WABC, August lost touch with Atkinson and during that time, Atkinson lost his job.
“Holding a job when you sleep in a tent and can’t shower every day isn’t a recipe for success,” August said. “I didn’t appreciate that fact a few months ago. I do now.”
August hopes others are inspired by Atkinson’s story.
“We all need help in one way or another. Sometimes all someone needs is a friend,” wrote August.
August set up a GoFundMe page Thursday to raise money to help Atkinson get back on his feet in response to people reaching out and wanting to help. More than $5,000 has been raised toward its $25,000 goal.