A Portland, Oregon, property investor gave a homeless man a job after finding him sleeping on his porch (video below).
Chris Crever told KOIN that 28-year-old James Eppler had been sleeping on the porch of one of his investment properties for a while before he was caught. Eppler and a friend would often huddle together on the porch to keep warm and stay dry when it rained.
“In the back of the house there was sleeping bags, wet blankets, things like that,” Crever told KOIN.
When Crever found Eppler and his friend on the property, he told them they needed to leave.
“He understood, wasn’t bitter about it and thanked me as I walked away,” Crever recalled. “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.’”
Crever turned around and decided to offer Eppler a job.
"You meet me here Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. and help me clean up the property," Crever told Eppler.
Eppler showed up the following Monday at 7:45 a.m. ready to work. After showing up to work wet because he slept under a bridge, Crever allowed him to have a temporary room inside.
There, Eppler shaved and showered for the first time in a long time.
“It’s humiliating not being able to shower,” Eppler said. “We always hope for something ... a little help, not necessarily money.”
Eppler had been without a stable home for more than 10 years, New York Daily News reports.
Crever said he hopes his story will inspire others to lend a hand to those in need.
“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.