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If you guessed that the first picture was photo-shopped, you would be incorrect.  This is “Mr. I” and the first photo was actually how he went to his first set of job interviews.

“Mr. I” previously owned a flooring business but the company went under and he had to file for bankruptcy.  During the economic downturn he was unable to find employment and became homeless.  While he was out of work, he used his free time to volunteer at Oliver Branch Mission.  His hard work and dedication paid off and he was able to obtain full time employment in security.

“It wasn’t an overnight process to get my life going in the right direction, but I never gave up.  I just kept working and working until I succeeded.”

You can learn more about efforts to reduce homelessness you can visit www.goldiesplace.org