Cafe owner hires homeless man: second chance for him, new customer for her


One day in March 2016, Cesia Abigail was busy as usual. She’s the owner of Abi’s Cafe near downtown Minneapolis — if you want to be busy, try running a restaurant!

A homeless man named Marcus walked in, looked her in the eye, and asked for money. A frazzled Cesia asked, “Why don’t you have a job?,” adding, “You know nothing is given to me for free, right?” Actually, a job was what Marcus wanted more than anything else. He explained that because of his criminal record, it was basically impossible for him to land a job. That’s how he ended up on the street. Something about his story got to Cesia and she decided to put her money where her mouth was. She did need some help, after all, though money was tight at her restaurant.

Cesia described what happened: “I was short staff 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!!!! He said, ‘I’ll do anything for some food.’ So now for almost two weeks, he’s been on time for his two-hour shift… helping take out trash, washing dishes, etc. Once I pay him, guess what he does? He buys food from my restaurant — HE DECIDES TO PAY — because it makes him feel good!

“With his new job, Marcus has found new confidence in himself and he’s a changed man. Do something nice for someone today and don’t judge them just because they’re out there asking for money, because we don’t know their situation… Some deserve another shot. God gave me this blessing so why can’t I bless others?”

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