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A cop decides to talk to a guy scrounging through trash, and her empathy enables him to overcome homelessness and crippling heroin addiction. This article details their story.

Cop’s Gesture of Kindness Turned an Addict’s Life Around

Cop's act of kindness

“Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” Jean Kilbourne

Drug abuse and homelessness are among the most prominent issues plaguing the U.S. today. Despite the best efforts of the government and several non-profit organizations, the problem is a full-blown epidemic. Yet, one cannot help but believe in the power of kindness after learning about a gesture from ex-cop Jeanah Nomelli.

Around 14 years ago, Nomelli came across Will, a homeless guy digging through trash for items he could salvage. She asked him about his condition. His reply stunned her when he revealed that he turned to heroin after his wife’s death, out of the blue. His heroin addiction eventually led to loss of employment and homelessness. Touched by his story, Jeanah struck up an unexpected friendship with him until they lost touch later when Will just disappeared from her life.

After more than a decade, Will spotted her and approached her to catch up. He revealed that Jeanah’s support and kindness enabled him to change his life, including the time she gave him a jacket and a pair of boots. Their meeting in a convenience store at a gas station naturally got emotional, and they celebrated it by taking a picture together.

Jeanah went ahead and shared the story on social media, which led to thousands of reactions and shares. Their story about their friendship is touching the hearts of people around the world. You can read more about the story here.

At Sheltering Grace, we believe that no gesture of kindness is too small. A simple show of empathy can turn a person’s life around, and sometimes, it’s all that he or she needs to get on the right track. Hence, it is important that people appreciate these acts.

Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.

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