It’s not uncommon to see one or two homeless people at a major intersection in your city. Sadly, many drive by without a second glance. The stigma surrounding homelessness make many of us believe that homeless people are lazy, drug addicts, or bad people. In reality, most homeless people are just down on their luck and looking for a break.
One homeless man’s sign changed the mind of a woman driving through Silicon Valley. Check out how Jasmine Scofield was inspired by a well-dressed homeless man, and read on to see how some of your favorite entertainers were down on their luck at one point in their lives.
Jasmine Scofield Drove By A Homeless Man, But This Time Something Was Different
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While she was driving through Silicon Valley, Jasmine was struck to see a homeless man selling his skills rather than asking for help.
Within a few hours, her tweet had gained thousands of retweets and replies. Many read his resume and began commenting and offering the mysterious homeless man help.
David Was Asking For People To Give Him A Chance
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The homeless man handing out a stack of resumes is David Cazarez. From his resume, it’s clear that David has an education and a wide range of experience and skills, yet he was still standing on the street homeless.
David told Jasmine that he owns a computer, business clothes, and a phone, but that those expenses meant he couldn’t afford food or a place to live.
Many Were Shocked How Someone Like David Could Be Homeless
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People couldn’t believe that someone with David’s skills could be homeless. He certainly isn’t the face of homelessness that many are used to seeing. Jasmine shared that David “moved to the Silicon Valley with a dream to be successful in tech and has a lot to offer the community.”
But because of the competitive market, David was “sleeping in parks while trying to get freelance work, interviews, and applications in.”
Others Explained How Hard It Is To Break Into The Silicon Valley Market
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Apparently, David’s situation isn’t uncommon in the competitive tech industry. Many of us think Silicon Valley is a mysterious hub of super-smart tech people. But for newcomers trying to break into the business, it can be extremely intimidating.
David told The Post that if his sign didn’t work, he’d “go back home and give up on my dream.”
Many Shared Similar Stories And Struggles
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People were quick to share stories of times they’ve been left unable to pay the bills and have had to turn to other people’s faith and generosity to get by.
David said he did not expect the tweet to “blow up like this” and is grateful for all the support he’s received. He’s even said he’s trying not to take any money. He just wanted the job opportunities. Find out next if David’s big gamble worked.
Thanks To Jasmine’s Tweet, David Now Has More Than 200 Job Offers
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Jasmine’s faith in David has reportedly got him than 200 job offers. The outpouring of support is a reminder that people can be homeless for many different reasons. Many times, they are just down on their luck and looking for a break.
David’s story will hopefully inspire all of us to remember that being homeless doesn’t degrade your skills or self-worth.
Homeless Doesn’t Mean Helpless
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It’s not just Silicon Valley that can leave people homeless. The entertainment industry is notoriously difficult to break into, and many of your favorite actors and singers were homeless before their big break.
Chris Pratt shared this photo of the van he was living out of in Hawaii. The paper in his hand was the script to his big break.
Jim Carrey Found His Sense Of Humor Thanks To His Tough TimesAmerican actor Jim Carrey at home. (Photo by Richard Perry/Sygma via Getty Images)
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Legendary comedian Jim Carrey lived in a VW bus after dropping out of high school. He drove the bus across Canada and parked at various places.
He eventually left the bus and moved into a tent on his older sister’s lawn. Carrey credits the experience of being homeless for developing his sense of humor.
Many Of Us Know That Michael Oher Has A Kind Family To Thank For His Success
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Thanks to the bestselling book and blockbuster film, The Blind Side, many of us know about lineman Michael Oher’s difficult life. He grew up on the streets while his crack-addicted mother lived in public housing.
The Tuohy family took Oher in and introduced him to football, where he made a career of it and became a Superbowl champion.
Sylvester Stalone Had To Sell His Dog Just To Survive Before Rocky
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Once you learn that Sylvester Stallone was down to his last $50, it’s no surprise that he was able to write the script for the greatest comeback story of all time. Before Stallone sold the Rocky script, he was homeless and sold his dog for $50. After the film was picked up, he reportedly repurchased the dog for $3,000.
Keep reading to find out how one actress was homeless after her mom cut her off.
Jennifer Lopez Was Sleeping In Her Dance Studio To Survive
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Lopez left her home when she was only 18 to pursue a dance career. Her mother disapproved and wanted her to go to college, so Lopez was left sleeping on the couch in the dance studio with no financial support.
Luckily it didn’t take long for Lopez to get her big break on In Living Color.
Halle Berry Said Being Homeless Made Her The Person She Is TodayBRENTWOOD, CA – JUNE 03: Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball at a private residence on June 3, 2017 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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Berry moved to New York when she was 21 to become an actress. She quickly ran out of money, and her mother decided to cut off her funds, so Berry had to go to a homeless shelter.
She later said that “It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation.”
Steve Harvey Had To Live In A Car For Three YearsBEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 03: Host/executive producer Steve Harvey of ‘STEVE’ speaks onstage during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Harvey is now known for giving away cash prizes to other families, but until his big break, he lived in his 1976 Ford Tempo. When he needed to look good for an audition, Harvey would sneak a shower in hotel bathrooms, shave at gas station sinks, or take a dip in swimming pools.
Coming up, another popular TV show was left so broke and homeless that he had to sell his plasma to get by.
Both Hilary Swank And Her Mom Were Homeless In L.A.WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Actress Hilary Swank attends the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Swank and her mother left the trailer park they grew up in for Hollywood but had nowhere to go once they got there. Luckily, they had a friend in real estate who let them stay overnight on air mattresses in empty houses.
The two would get as much sleep as they could then leave in the morning so their friend could sell the house.
Apple Founder Steve Jobs Had To Collect Coke Bottles For FoodSAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 27: Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs speaks during an Apple Special Event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts January 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple introduced its latest creation, the iPad, a mobile tablet browsing device that is a cross between the iPhone and a MacBook laptop. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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When Jobs dropped out of college to start Apple, he was also left without a roof over his head. Jobs admitted that he slept on couches of any friend that offered.
He even had to collect coke bottles to sell to earn money for food. Dropping out of college obviously worked out for Jobs, but it wasn’t easy.
Drew Carey Sold His Plasma For $40 To Buy FoodSTUDIO CITY, CA – MARCH 09: Drew Carey hosts “The Price Is Right” Academy Of Country Music Awards Themed Show at CBS Studios on March 9, 2009 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
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Carey told the audience at the 2010 benefit for the Friends of Youth that he was homeless and desperate when he was a teenager. He talked about the time he traveled from Ohio to California to see his brother when he ended up homeless and stranded in Las Vegas.
Carey had to resort to selling his plasma for $40 to buy boxed mac and cheese.
Director James Cameron Lived Out Of His CarPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 13: Director James Cameron of the television show AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction speaks onstage during the AMC portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 13, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for AMC)
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After seeing Star Wars in 1977, Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to get into the film business. He was living out of his car and working on small projects. He wrote the script for The Terminator, but no one trusted him to direct it.
Cameron had to sell the script for $1 to a small production company so he could direct it. A small price to pay for the fame he has now.
Dr. Phil Was Homeless At Age 12UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Dr Phil visits “Extra” at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 9, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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Phil McGraw, aka Dr. Phil, was only 12-years-old when he and his father had to live out of their car. His dad was interning as a psychologist and had no money for food or rent.
Dr. Phil was left homeless in Kansas City, but his father’s passion inspired him to earn a degree in psychology as well.
Daniel Craig Had To Sleep On Park Benches Early In His Career
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It’s hard to believe that James Bond had to resort to sleeping on park benches in his early career. Craig left home at age 16 after being accepted into the National Youth Theatre.
Craig worked as a waiter and survived on park benches to pay for his training as an actor.
Legendary Jazz Singer Ella Fitzgerald Was A Homeless Teenage RunawayAmerican Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996) performs during an episode of the PBS television series ‘Soundstage,’ Chicago, Illinois, November 20, 1979. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
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Fitzgerald moved to Harlem with her step-father at age 15 after her mother died. There she began to skip school and work for the Mafia until she was eventually arrested.
After escaping from an orphanage, she lived homeless on the streets until her big break at the Apollo Theater in 1934.