The new owner of a vacant house asked a homeless squatter on the property to leave, but then returned to offer the polite young man a job — and a room in the house.
James Eppler had been homeless since he was 16 and recently found shelter on the old house’s porch. When Chris Crever bought the property in Portland, Oregon, he confronted Eppler and told him he had to move on.
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Eppler thanked Crever–which startled the new property owner into seeing him differently. The homeless man was grateful that Crever had been polite in telling him to leave, which made him feel like a human being.
The respectful exchange shifted everything.
The new owner offered Eppler a job helping to repair the house and told him he could live in one of its rooms temporarily. The homeless man suddenly had a place to sleep and to shower.
Crever is now helping his new friend find a full time job and permanent home while Eppler has high hopes for his life to turn around.
“It was a huge thing,” Eppler told KOIN News. “It’s almost like God smiling down.”
(WATCH the video from KOIN News below) — Photo: KOIN video
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