“Wednesday 4th January my boyfriend and I are on a night out in Covent Garden. People are quick to judge and say that we are crazy and assume what they may, there are still family & friends that we haven’t told just because we were hesitant on how some people would react, please do not be offended if we haven’t yet told you, but we live in a pretty messed up society where people are quick to jump to assumptions. In the early hours of Thursday morning my boyfriend and I were out in minus conditions waiting for the train station gates to open, only to realize we would have to wait 4 hours for them to open.
In our drunken state we had gotten confused and missed the last train. After waiting for a while it’s getting pretty nippy. Only for a voice from behind me to say “You can burrow my coat and duvet if you want? It’s a long wait and it’s freezing tonight” I turn round and see Joey for the first time. I jump straight under the duvet and thank Joey for his kind offer as Taylor gives me the look 😂
Yes he was “homeless” but after spending the past 5 days with Joey I despise even considering him as “homeless” Joey is our friend, and he was just down on luck. After Taylor and I sat with Joey waiting for our train, there was just something about him that was so sincere I couldn’t leave him out there on his own. No one deserves to be out in these conditions.
I’m not saying that you should trust everyone you meet on a street corner, but who exactly should you trust? Because Joey was “homeless” people were quick to judge and even though I do understand why people panic, but why should it be that way?why have we let it get this way? It doesn’t need to be this way? We are all the same, the same beginning the same end. Just some people carry more paper than the next in between.
Just because someone is “homeless” it doesn’t make them any less of a person than me or you and it doesn’t mean that all “homeless” people are drug or alcohol abusers, not all homeless people should be instantly tarnished as bad people. They are just like me and you. I told Joey that I refused to leave without him, at first he declined in dismay at the offer of coming back home with my boyfriend and I to have a good night kip, a shower and shave and a good old meal.
He thought I was joking.. I really wasn’t. It took Taylor to explain that if you don’t come with us I’m not going to get her home. Joey finally accepted.We get a cab home and much to Joeys horror he ends up in the cabin in the woods, in the middle of nowhere (I can’t even begin to imagine what he must first initially of thought😂) Joey put all his trust into us. As much as we put all our trust into him.
We drank some more, we talked for hours, we exchanged life story’s and instantly became the best of friends. It’s something I can’t even explain, it was just meant to be. I don’t expect everyone to get it. Before the night is over, before Joey had his first night in a bed- Joey offers the coat on his back as a token gift to my boyfriend as a thank you, as a token of his appreciation.
In my eyes this gift had such a powerful meaning behind it more than any ever gift you could ever receive. Morning comes and I’ve somehow got to tell my mum I’ve bought a “homeless guy” back to our “cabin in the woods” You can imagine how my mum was probably feeling, probably fuming that my boyfriend and I have bought a stranger into their home.
However being the kindest soul I know she would immediately come round. As soon as she met him she understood why we had done what we had done. I knew she would understand. (My dad does not know the exact story as to why Joey was at ours, and I would like to try keep it that way) it’s a dad thing, all dads go crazy if you bring random people home right? Sorry dad, I love you.
We invite Joey to meet some of our friends who (all initially said that we were mental) but now all completely understand and have all fallen in love with him. I cannot thank my friends for how amazing and generous you have all been, especially Jenni, Brad & Gemma. We have taken him for Indian, we have had his hair cut, we give him a phone, my friends give him a new wardrobe, they go play football, watch Django, the boys play PlayStation, he helps my mum feed the horses, he has a roast dinner!!!
We treat him as we would treat anyone else. We have faith in him, we help him. But more importantly we give him our time and friendship. But most importantly his taught us what life really is, his taught us what real friends are and I can honestly say that it’s the most amazing feeling I’ve ever felt. Joey in 5 days had a job interview today, I can now confirm that he now has a job.
IN 5 DAYS!!! Joey is now not living on the streets!!!! All he needed was someone to have faith in him and to help be that stepping stone to make a difference to someone’s life. Joey is the most amazing, caring and incredible human that we have ever met, and I’m so blessed to of been a part of getting him off the streets.
Sometimes all someone needs is someone to give them a little bit of their time. Someone to restore their faith in humanity. I share this story for one reason only, please just give a little time to stop and ask them how there day is, make them know that there is people out there that do care. Just give them a little bit of your time. It costs nothing.Have faith, take the risk, be kind, make that change, and be that change. Because at the end of the day we all have the ability to be good people.”