Fame, Fortune & The Homeless

By Dr. Chad Audi

There’s word of another homeless individual who has been suddenly cast into the media spotlight. I’ve written in this space before about Ted Williams, the formerly homeless man who was courted by numerous companies as a voiceover talent after a video highlighting his “golden voice” went viral on the Internet. Now, a homeless man has won the ESPN fantasy football competition. Nathan Harrington of Salem, Massachusetts beat more than three million teams in the ESPN.com contest. His prize? A $3,500 Best Buy gift card, which Nathan sold for cash so that he can move his family into an apartment.

Yes, it’s another amazing story. Nathan became homeless after a car accident two years ago left him unable to work. So, he didn’t even own a computer to participate and track his progress in the contest. He repeatedly borrowed computers from strangers or used one at his father’s nursing home or at the library. Despite his circumstances, Nathan held on to the hope that he could win the fantasy football competition.

Life is nothing without “hope.” The homeless and disadvantaged people that we service at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) seek us out because they have hope that they can escape poverty, addiction or joblessness. It takes determination, a strong will, and faith in God to stick it out when the going gets tough. DRMM is focused on rebuilding lives one at a time, so we are committed to sticking by our clients as they make the journey to recovery and prosperity.

So congratulations, Nathan! I hope this victory kick starts a year of success for you and your family.


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