A property investor gave a homeless man a job after finding him sleeping on his porch (video below).
Portland, Oregon, homeowner Chris Crever said that 28-year-old James Eppler had been sleeping on the porch of one of his investment properties for some time when he was caught, KOIN reported. Eppler and a friend would often huddle together on the porch to keep warm and shield themselves from the rain.
“In the back of the house there was sleeping bags, wet blankets, things like that,” Crever told KOIN.
When Crever found the pair on his property, he instructed them to leave.
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“He understood, wasn’t bitter about it and thanked me as I walked away,” Crever recalled of Eppler’s reaction.
“Before I got in my car, I’m thinking, ‘What did he thank me for? I just asked him to leave what he would consider his home,'" he continued.
Clever turned around and decided to do something Eppler probably never thought would happen: He offered him a job.
"You meet me here Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. and help me clean up the property," Crever told Eppler.
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Eppler showed up on the following Monday at 7:45 a.m., ready to work. After showing up to work wet from sleeping under a bridge, Crever gave him a temporary room inside.
There, Eppler shaved and showered for the first time in a long time.
(Chris Crever and James Eppler. Photo Credit: KOIN)
“It’s humiliating not being able to shower,” Eppler said. “We always hope for something, you know, a little help, not necessarily money.”
Crever said he hopes his story will inspire others to lend a hand to others in need, especially during the holiday season.
“To have this around Christmas time… I was raised with Christmas every year, it was a huge thing,” Eppler said.
“It’s almost like God smiling down," he added.