Homelessness is a major problem that universally plagues society. With a lack of access to even the most basic things needed to survive—often through tragic circumstances—these people are commonly left to beg for money so they can eat.

No matter how hard we try, it can feel impossible to help everyone in need. Yet, every now and then, an opportunity presents itself. At least, that’s how it worked out for Cesia Abigail, the owner of Abi’s Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After temporarily hiring a homeless man to work in the kitchen, Cesia found this in the kitchen two weeks later—and, needless to say, she was shocked!

Like in most cities around the United States and rest of the world, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is experiencing a homelessness epidemic. These people are forced to live on the streets and beg for even the most basic things they need to survive, like food and water.

For people like 25-year-old Cesia Abigail, owner of Abi’s Cafe in Minneapolis, it’s not uncommon to be approached by homeless men and women and asked to lend some cash. Even though she may want to help, she didn’t always have the funds to assist everyone in that way. She was just a small business owner, after all.

So when a homeless man recently wandered into her restaurant in search of some spare change, Cesia was reluctant to quickly fork it over. Besides being low on cash, she explained that nothing had ever just been handed to her. Still, she wanted to help. That’s when she came up with a brilliant plan…

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Touched by Marcus’s earnest desire to work, Cesia decided to make him an offer. Even though she had to overcome her own struggles to keep her business afloat, she was actually in need of help in her kitchen that day.

In a Facebook post later that evening, Cesia wrote: “I was short staff[ed] that day, so I asked him, ‘You want to work? I have a job for you!’ His eyes opened wide and his smile made my day!” Her post continued, “He said, ‘I’ll do anything for some food.’”

Marcus knew that he wasn’t being hired full-time, as Cesia’s company was already struggling to survive. So, he worked in her cafe for just a couple of short hours that day. Yet, he was able to make enough money to buy something to eat.

When Marcus left the restaurant, Cesia never expected to see or hear from him again—though she couldn’t stop thinking about him. She was thankful for the good work he’d done in her kitchen that day, and she even appreciated how efficiently he washed the dishes!

Two weeks later, Cesia returned to work to open the restaurant for the morning. When she looked in the kitchen, there was something waiting for her. When you see her excitement at what she saw, you’ll find it difficult not to get choked up…

It just goes to show that you can help someone in need in many different ways. Thankfully, Marcus is in a much better place now.

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