Over the last several years, homelessness in California has skyrocketed. The state attracts homeless people for many reasons, in part because the weather in most coastal cities is almost never extreme and a better option for life on the streets/ But perhaps the biggest draw is that the state provides more for homeless individuals than others, except for employment.
Although there are many reasons some may end up homeless and remain that way for years or even the rest of their lives, some are determined to make the unfortunate circumstance not permanent. It’s extremely difficult to come out of a situation when you have lost everything and get back on track, but some homeless people will do anything to get out of that horrible situation.
Recently, a young man living on the streets and from shelter to shelter, did something extremely “out of the box.” While there have been many signs held by the homeless seen on street corners across the country, what this man’s said, along with what he offered, made nationwide news and resulted in hundreds of job offers.
David Casarez, 26, took his fate into his own hands and changed his life forever.
A 26-year-old homeless man gained more than 200 job offers on Saturday after he took to the streets of Silicon Valley handing out resumes instead of begging for money.
Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money. If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be amazing. Please RT so we can help David out! pic.twitter.com/ewoE3PKFx7
— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 27, 2018
David Casarez, a 26-year-old web developer, had been standing on the median of a highway in Mountain View, California, on Friday dressed in a suit and carrying a handmade cardboard sign—but instead of begging for money, he was begging for a chance at success.
“HOMELESS. HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME,” his sign read.
KRON reported that Casarez graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and worked for General Motors in Texas before striking out on his own in September 2017 to pursue his dream of building a startup in Silicon Valley.
The young entrepreneur’s fortune quickly faded in June, when he ran out of money and was forced to live out of his car. Things got worse for Casarez when his vehicle got repossessed, leaving him no choice but to sleep on a park bench.
Eventually, passing motorist Jasmine Scofield took notice of Casarez’s sign and asked to take a photo. Casarez agreed, and Scofield posted the photo on Twitter.
“Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money,” Scofield tweeted on Friday. “Please RT so we can help David out!”
Scofield’s tweet went viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of hits over the weekend. By Saturday afternoon, Casarez said he had more than 200 job offers from small startups to big companies like Google.
“Google reached out to me,” Casarez told the New York Post. “So many other companies. Pandora. A bunch of startups.”
Casarez’s story is continuing to capture the hearts and minds of people across America and around the world. Scofield’s post racked up 116,000 retweets and 185,000 likes as of Sunday afternoon.
It’s easy to cheer for Casarez, he’s an inspirational man. He wasn’t going to just sit back and sucumb to his situation. That’s why so many companies want to hire him, he’s a problem solver at an epic level.
We applaud him for his genius idea and his tenacity, especially during rough times. We are also happy that Jasmine Scofield saw this man and used social media to elevate Casarez. She saw something amazing and blasted it out to the world, rather than driving by and ignoring him in his struggle.
David Casarez is a man that will never be down for long, he’s a self-starter and an innovator. Congratulations to him on all of his job offers.