A homeless man's boss posted on social media asking for recommendations for affordable motels, but instead received an outpouring of support.
Kenneth Smith was hungry and half asleep just outside a Fort Worth Outback Steakhouse a few months ago when a woman leaving the restaurant approached him and asked if he was alright.
‘No, I'm not OK at this time," Smith said.
The woman gave him a $100 gift card to buy dinner.
"I actually chilled after I got through eating because I was big and full," Smith said later.
While he was sitting in the booth at the restaurant, he got to talking to the managing partner, Laura Hodges.
"Hey, I don't ever want you to want for food or go hungry," Hodges told Smith. "I want you to always have somewhere that you can get a warm meal. So, here's my business card. Bring it anytime."
Hodges helped feed Smith for almost five months before he asked for a job. Smith is now on staff bussing tables and cleaning.
However, Smith still needed help finding a place to stay, so Hodges posted on a local Facebook page asking for recommendations of motels with affordable rates.
Instead of recommendations, commenters have now paid for six weeks at a nearby Extended Stay hotel, as well as donated more than $2,200, a bike, clothing, kitchen items, and groceries.
"I had absolutely no idea that people were going to latch onto that," said Hodges. "All they wanted to do was throw assistance out there and resources in any way that they possibly could."
Smith is saving up his money for a car, then a home, and one day hopes to have his own food service business.
"This is a whole new beginning that God has blessed me with, so I'm trying to get on this right good track that he wants me to stay on," Smith continued. "God is good. If he can do it for me, he can do it for anybody else."