‘God is good’: Fort Worth homeless man gets fresh start after generosity from a stranger and Facebook page
Kenneth Smith’s boss asked for affordable motel recommendations and got a lot of support instead.
FORT WORTH, Texas – A few months ago, Kenneth Smith sat hungry and half asleep in a chair outside a Fort Worth outback steakhouse.
A woman walking out of the restaurant came up to him.
“She asked me if I was okay, so I said to her,” No, I’m not okay right now, “said Smith.
She gave him a $ 100 gift card to buy dinner.
“I actually chilled after I finished eating because I was big and full,” said Smith, laughing.
He was sitting at the booth and talking to the managing director of the restaurant, Laura Hodges.
“I said, ‘Hey, I never want you to want to eat or go hungry,” Hodges said. “I want you to always have a place to get a hot meal. So here’s my business card. Bring it with you anytime. “
Hodges runs the Bryant Irving Road site and helped Smith feed for almost five months before asking for a job. He’s been busy with tables and tidying up for a month.
“I go out the doors sometimes and look at the chairs,” said Smith. “I’m like ‘man, I was sitting in these chairs’.”
Smith still needed help finding accommodation, so Hodges posted on the Fort Worth Foodies Facebook page to ask if anyone knew of an affordable motel.
Instead, generous commentators have now paid extended stay six weeks at a nearby hotel and donated more than $ 2,200 along with a bike, clothing, kitchenware, and groceries.
“I had absolutely no idea that people would hold onto it,” Hodges said. “All they wanted to do was throw in help and resources in every possible way.”
“I think it’s such a good blessing and it’s wonderful to have people doing things for you these days,” said Smith.
Smith is saving his money on a car, then a home, and hopes to have his own food service business one day.
“This is a brand new beginning that God has blessed me with, so I’m trying to get on the right good path that He wants me to stay on,” said Smith.
And it all started with a stranger and a $ 100 gift card.
“We wish we could find her and know who she is because she has blessed our lives. It was a great thing for both of us, ”said Hodges. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people. It is absolutely amazing. “
“God is good,” said Smith. “If he can do it for me, he can do it for everyone else.”