SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Frederick Callison wasn’t looking for a handout.
When he moved to California to take a job with the Salvation Army, he didn’t think twice about it.
However, the job didn’t work out, so he was left homeless and unemployed.
Instead of asking for money, Callison began asking for a job.
Michael Marteen told TODAY that he spotted Callison with the sign “need work and food” while shopping at a grocery story.
In addition to his sign, Callison also had his food handler’s certificate, Social Security card, ID and resumes ready.
“When I asked if I could see his resume, he hopped right up to hand one to me and then started telling me all about his experience as if it were an interview,” Marteen told TODAY. “I’ve been in situations where I had nothing and had to bust my butt to get work, and there he was doing that, so I have a lot of respect for him.”
Marteen posted the photo to Facebook, along with Callison’s resume.
According to TODAY, someone spotted Marteen’s post and offered Callison a job as a cook at a downtown restaurant called Pizza Rocks.
“He was ecstatic about landing a job and very grateful for the opportunity,” Marteen said. “He was up the night before studying the menu for hours.”
The restaurant provided Callison with new clothes and a friend gave Callison a place to stay until he gets back on his feet.