Fort Worth Restaurant Feeds Homeless Man’s Heart – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Kenneth Smith flies from table to table and clears the dishes with a smile on his masked face. You can see it in his eyes.
“I’m enjoying everything,” said Smith of his new Job Bus tables. “It’s like sweetheart to me.”
That’s because Smith was sitting outside the Outback Steakhouse on Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, hoping someone would offer him change or food.
“I’ve been homeless for a good four years,” said Smith. “I wonder how should I get a meal? Who am I going to turn to? Who can I ask?”
A few months ago a woman saw Smith outside the restaurant. He was hungry. She gave him a $ 100 gift card for the Outback Steakhouse, and the man who always sat outside came in for a hot meal.
“I noticed he was a little concerned, so I started talking to him,” said Laura Hodges, Managing Partner of Outback Steakhouse. “And then he told me he was homeless.”
“She gave me an Outback Steakhouse menu,” Smith recalled. “Told me, ‘whenever you want to eat, just come in.'”
“Then he just came in regularly,” said Hodges. “He wants to work. He wants to make money. He wants to make a living.”
When Hodges had a job for a busboy two weeks ago, she offered Smith the job. Now he works six days a week and says he loves the food and admits that he likes his steaks well done.
“When I got in here, I went straight to work,” said Smith. “It’s like home up here.”
Hodges knew it was difficult to keep a job without a place to live and asked for recommendations on affordable housing on the Forth Worth Foodies Facebook page. Instead, people donated more than $ 2,000 in one day to get a roof over Smith’s head.
“I’m a mother of three and that’s how my mother’s heart exploded,” said Hodges.
“I’m so overwhelmed and so happy,” said Smith. “I feel so good in my heart.”
Smith said he hoped to open his own restaurant one day.