Almost 14 years ago, Jeanah Nomelli met Will Levens, a homeless man rummaging through garbage in a dumpster. Jeanah who is a paramedic was curious as to what would drive a man to his current state. So she approached the homeless man and asked what he was doing. His answer was so heartbreaking.
“This is Will. 14 years ago he was homeless and addicted to heroin,” Jeanah shared in a Facebook post on October 24th. “We met as he was digging in the dumpster looking for recyclables. I asked him what possessed a man to do such a thing… he shared that his wife died unexpectedly and in the wake of her death, he tried heroin- ONE TIME and became addicted.”
“He lost his home and job as a result of his addiction. Over the next several months, Will and I developed a friendship. I looked forward to posting at hatch and Herndon in hopes I’d get to see him. I liked him more than my partner at the time so I enjoyed seeing him as often as I could!” she continued.
“We helped each other through a few tough times by offering advice and life experience. Then- one day he was gone! I never saw him again…. over the years I’ve wondered what happened to him. I wondered if he was even alive.”
Fortunately, Jeanah’s dear friend, Will, was alive and even doing great. A few years later, while at a gas station, Will spotted his friend who had met him when he was at rock bottom and practically helped change his life!
“God allowed our paths to cross again… ironically in a different Chevron. He was waiting for me outside the bathroom. He stood there with tears in his eyes and asked if I remembered him. It took me about 2 seconds and I knew!! It was my Will!!” Jeanah recalled.
Jeanah was so stunned looking at the transformation that had taken place since she’d last seen Will. He was doing so much better and was in a totally different place. His life had completely changed and it all started with that one conversation years ago.
“He nostalgically reminded me about a pair of boots and a jacket I gave him to make sure he didn’t freeze. I also gave him $7 to get his ID… with a promise that he wouldn’t spend it on drugs. He kept his promise! He got his ID, and a job, later a wife and found grace in the arms of our heavenly creator!” she said.
Jeanah revealed that she and Will ‘snot cried’ in the middle of the convenience store, but managed to get the clerk to take a picture of them. Jeanah revealed she decided to share Will’s inspirational story because she wanted to show everyone of the power of kindness.
“I wanted to share this story because kindness matters!! IT MATTERS! It can change the course of someone’s world! You may never know it, but Will is proof of that! Be Kind in All you do! One day it will find you and overwhelm you with eternal gratitude.” She wrote.
Remember to share this beautiful story with your loved ones to encourage kindness and compassion.