Minnesota Cafe Owner Gives Homeless Man Something to Look Forward to Every Day!
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Anne Frank wrote in her diary that “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Cesi Abigail, the 25-year-old owner of a cafe in Minneapolis called Abi’s Cafe, has taken this to heart. On March 25, a homeless man walked into her establishment asking for money. When Abigail asked why he did not have a job he stated, “Well, I have a lot of felonies and no one wants to hire me for that. So, now I had to turn myself to the streets and get money the only way I know: stealing and asking for money.”
Right there, Abigail offered him a job for the day, as she was short staffed. Abigail offered to pay him to wash dishes for two hours; the Cafe had come on hard times and two hours was all she could afford.
After that, Abigail began to schedule the man, whose name is Marcus, for shifts. He showed for every shift on time and was eventually offered a permanent position.
Cesi Abigail shared this story on her Facebook and since then it has been shared almost 46,000 times with 5,300 comments. It has garnered national attention and many people have stated they will be visiting Abi’s Cafe to eat. One woman commented on the cafe’s Facebook page, “Good things DO happen to good people – as illustrated by you and Marcus.”
Cesi Abigail could easily have just given him some money and sent him on his way. Instead, Abigail decided to give this man a second chance. There wasn’t much she could do for him, but what she had, she shared. The power of helping others is something that she believes in strongly. Abigail said, “Just like Marcus, I had my help. I had plenty of people to help make it to where I am today. They believed I could do it. People need to have someone believe in them.”