A woman found her soulmate after she stopped to have a little chat with a homeless man. 31 year old Jon Haynes was homeless and was used to being spat at and kicked by strangers as he spent every night near a seafront ice cream stand. “I got booted in the head a few times, and I was chased and spat at.” Jon said
However, a chance encounter led to him finding love in 38 year old, Katie Nicol, who stopped to hear his story, and now his life has been turned around. “I went to sit with him and said, ‘What’s your story?’ We just hit it off.” Katie recalled.
Soon after their first meeting, the pair started writing each other notes, which Katie used to leave in Jon’s shoes and Jon even wrote her some poetry.
Within three months, the two were in love. “We clicked straight away, he seemed so genuine. Every day we laugh. I went and sat with him every day. He said he wanted to change his life so we decided we’d work towards that together.” Katie said.
Jon, who had previously been hooked on heroin and hallucinogenic Spice, had been homeless for 18 months. He had also spent some time in prison.
Now, Jon is off the streets and has his own place to live. He also has a job as a gardener.
Jon says he had started to give up on life and a future until Katie came along. He says that he owes much of his dramatic turnaround to Katie. “She’s helped me a lot, in so many different ways. She was sending me those notes and I thought, there’s something different here. I really liked coming back to them.”
“I wasn’t worried when he first came to my house – I felt like I could trust him straight away. I asked him, ‘What’s your favorite food?’ and he said a roast dinner. He hates sausage rolls because he got given them all the time. He said to me, ‘I don’t want to ever eat chips again’. “Katie said.
Katie added, “Our relationship has got a lot, lot stronger. We just laugh together all the time.”
The couple says most people have been supportive of the them and their relationship. “We’ve had a mixture of reactions. The majority of my friends have been really supportive, however one has really had a major issue with it.” Katie revealed.
“But people meet on Tinder all the time, which I think can be more dangerous than sitting and talking to someone for four months.” She added.
After meeting Katie, Jon is back on his feet, he is happy and has something most people can only hope to find, love. What’s more, Jon has even reconnected with his estranged father who he hadn’t seen since he was six.
“I used to think about this when I was sleeping on the beach, that I won’t be here forever… Thanks to Katie, that was true.” Jon said.