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It's free to be kind

Nobody at work knew I was homeless.

I showed up showered and with a smile.




No indication that I lived in a shelter room with two young kids and shared a bathroom with a family of five.


Never attended any after-work events because there was a shelter curfew.


Colleagues were unaware that my clothes came from a pile of donations everyone at the shelter went through at night.


Leftovers I brought donated from generous restaurants.


When my team threw me a baby shower I spoke into existence about the nursery that I was putting together.


My manager sensed something but never pried or excluded me.


When I got out of the shelter into transitional housing I celebrated silently finally able to buy a dessert from the cafeteria.


Nobody knew I was homeless.


I performed exceptionally.

Always on time.

Was bubbly and friendly.

And was known for doing a great job.


You never know what others might be going through in the workplace.


Of all the money we spend, it's free to be kind.


🔆❤️

Charisse Fontes


P.s. my story is still being written but it has a happy ending 😊 If you'd like to support the work we are doing with my non-profit Humanity Power, our GoFundMe is now live!

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