Homeless suddenly became rich and now only hires homeless and disabled people
True story: This is the man who was homeless. It literally started from scratch. But then he managed to get rich. Then his goal was to help the people who also reached nadir. That is, the homeless. In more detail:
True story: How it begins
Drew Goodall had a great love, acting. At the age of 20, after his studies in acting, he managed to make his dream come true. This was to play alongside big names in Hollywood, such as Brad Pitt and Hugh Grant. The roles may have been small in movies like “Snatch” and “About a boy” but Drew. Even so, however, he declared his “presence” in the studios and the magic of the cinema.
And in this daily life came a critique of his acting ability. She catastrophized him and was about to change his life. “It simply came to our notice then. I thought, “I don’t want all this anymore. I do not want to do it anymore. And so I stopped, “he told Britain’s IBTimes website.
The money he had made began to run out. He stubbornly refused to tell his parents what had happened. “It was a big deal for me not to be able to say I work. I did not want to see my parents. When I left home I was their great hope. I did not want to face indignation. She would create it for me when I returned home with my tail in my legs. “Somehow I stopped paying the rent,” he said.
His tenant threw him out of the house and for six months in the 1990s his house became the street. The now homeless Drew struggled every day for his survival, begging for some food. He was often beaten by drunks and other homeless people in the battle for supremacy on the sidewalks and in the parks.
True story: The sequel
In his quest to “smell” the actress he adored, he used to sleep on cardboard outside the London Academy of Performing Arts. “It was so strange to wake up next to someone wearing the costume of Henry VIII. “If I was late waking up in the morning and people were coming, I had to hide and show up again when everyone was gone,” he said.
His psychology was overwhelmed considering the course of his life so far. “When you live on the street you have endless hours doing nothing. Who am I; What am I doing; “These questions had led me to depression.” But as suddenly as his life was ruined, so suddenly he made it…
True story: The chance to meet and create the Sunshine Shoeshine business
Street life also had some rays of optimism. This contact of Drew with the unknown passers-by, the small moments of communication, sometimes brought the smile to his lips again. One of these thousands of passers-by changed his whole life. He suggested that he start polishing shoes and thus make some money that would at least provide him with food. Using some of the money he had raised while begging, he bought a brush and a box of varnish and headed to the financial district of London to do what the passer-by had suggested.
Without permission for the work he did on the street, he had to be very careful with the Police, who every time he saw him moved him to another place, threatening to arrest him.
Drew spent six months polishing shoes on the street for λί 2 at a time. One day one of their regular costumed clients told him to go to the office where he worked to polish the workers’ shoes. The response was great. So he started growing his “business” by going to banks and financial institutions every day to take care of men who dressed in pens.
The clientele was growing, as was its revenue. And so Drew put into practice the opinion of the French writer Marguerite Jursenar “you always need a dose of madness to face destiny” and in 2012 he set up “Sunshine Shoeshine”.
Earnings and employment of unemployed and disabled people
The true story goes on and on. Day by day the “Sunshine Shoeshine” was expanding and today it has come to work with important companies throughout London that consider it necessary to polish the shoes of their executives. The annual profits reach and often exceed 250,000 euros and most of them Drew donates to charity.
But there is something else that makes the 43-year-old proud of what he has achieved and causes admiration and reward for others. He never forgot what he went through to become an entrepreneur. This is how Sunshine Shoeshine is staffed, mainly with the homeless and people with special needs. “There is no magic button to press it and eliminate the issue of the homeless. There will always be. “But if you give someone some of your time, talk to them, you can find a solution,” he told Reuters.
To date, it has given jobs to 40 helpless people living on the streets, also giving them the opportunity to choose which charity they will donate part of the profits from shoe polishing.
One of them is 45-year-old Alan Walton, who was unemployed for 15 years, facing health problems, as he could not see with one eye, but also psychological problems.
The end of the true story:
His words about his boss move him. “It has given me a purpose, it gives me confidence. It has made me feel human. Having a job and previous service I feel that I have a future that I did not have before. If you do not have previous experience and qualifications, employers do not see anything in you. “And that’s what Sunshine gave me,” he told the BBC.
And Drew has a message to give to all those who experience a situation similar to the one he experienced before. “Do not take it so seriously. It’s definitely a difficult situation but if you treat it like a game, suddenly things get easier. I am still afraid that tomorrow I may lose everything, everything is possible. The biggest advantage in your arsenal is to be humble and say I will be happy with what I have now “.
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