If your faith in humanity was in danger of dying out, you’re in luck—a story out of Ogden, Utah this week is here to restore it. It all started when a photo was posted on Facebook by Jessie Jean’s on Historic 25th, a beloved restaurant and coffee shop in the area, showing a homeless man changing a woman’s tire in the parking lot outside.
“Looked out the window to see this happening. This is Chuck .. he’s homeless and works his ass off helping every day in the cafe,” the post read. “This is ‘one of those people’ that get labeled. Ya know the ones everyone wants outta sight, outta mind… I didn’t see anyone else out helping this young lady, just Chuck .. the homeless guy.. thank you Chuck #findthekind #kindnessmatters”
Anna Davidson, who co-owns Jessie Jean’s with her husband Ron, said that she shared the photo because she wanted to illustrate how often homeless people are misjudged and how regardless of the tough times Chuck has been through, he still has a kind heart and wants to help others.
According to MSN, Chuck has had a tumultuous life that began with jail stints when he was only seven years old.
“I got molested in there, and that’s when I became angry,” he said. He added that the experience only led him to become angrier, which in turn led to acts of violence and further prison time.
However, at 56, he now wants to make a clean start on a different kind of life. He’s been helping around Jessie Jean’s in exchange for free meals and will soon begin attending counseling and working towards earning his food handling certificate to hopefully get more gainful employment.
“I wouldn’t be right here, right now, talking to you, if it wasn’t for them two,” Chuck explained, referring to the Davidsons. “I am as old as they are, and I would be proud to call them ma and pa.”
The Davidsons hope that hearing Chuck’s story and seeing the photo of his act of kindness in action will inspire others not only to think before judging people who are different but also to go out there and perform some generous gestures of their own.