large family home

4 Years Ago, He Was Homeless–Today, He Bought His First House

Most of us live our lives without having to worry about being homeless. But for the ones who do, the experience is distraught. Anyone can end up without a roof over their head, as well. Be it because of finances or just getting kicked out, we never know what life might throw our way. But being homeless does not mean we give up.

Take this story of one Chris Atoki. Saying his life was hard would be an understatement. Chris, in a thread on Twitter, explained that when he was 18 or 19, he was working full time. It was a simple laborer’s job at a warehouse, but he had to do it. He did it because he had to pay for the college that he attended full time.

But eventually, his life took a turn for the worse. He lost his job and was kicked out by his mother. It wasn’t until later that he eventually managed to get off the streets, get his own beautiful house, and turn his life around. This is his story.

Advertisement

How Did Chris Become Homeless?

So, it all started with trouble at his job. Apart from paying for his tuition, Chris also had a troublesome family situation: every other week, he had to give his mother a weeks’ worth of earnings. Needless to say, with all the things he was juggling, he had a hectic life:

Advertisement

But then, there was troubling news. His job manager said that some people have to get their hours reduced. Because Chris was still a student, the manager chose him as one. At the time, Chris thought that it wasn’t terrible. He would get more time to sleep, and he was still making enough to pay his mother.

However, it was too good to be true. Two weeks afterward, he got fired for “not working enough hours”. He was stunned and confused because he didn’t reduce his hours on his own. Regardless, Chris’ situation worsened, to a point where he no longer had a place to sleep in:

Advertisement

Read: A teacher was pregnant. Students built a device so her spouse, who uses a wheelchair, can stroll with the baby.

Advertisement

It was November when he was kicked out of the house. Additionally, his old car broke down for good. He tried to find shelter at first at his grandmother’s. Then, at the dormitory of his girlfriend. But her father found out, and that was the end of that stay. He had nowhere other than his car to sleep in for the night. At that point, he realized just how bad he had it:

Advertisement

However, Chris Did Not Give Up

That night, he could not sleep. Instead, he thought of every person in his life, and everything he did. He was almost convinced that all this happened because his life did not matter to anyone. However, Chris had an epiphany just as he was making up his mind to end everything:

Trending Now

People Talked About Really Dumb Lies That People Actually Believed
People Talked About Really Dumb Lies That People Actually Believed
Traveler Shares Simple Trick to Get Whole Row of Seats to Yourself on ...
Traveler Shares Simple Trick to Get Whole Row of Seats to Yourself on ...
Man retires and decides to spend all of his time cuddling premature ne...
Man retires and decides to spend all of his time cuddling premature ne...
Take Camping To The Next Level With This Tent Mansion - It's Bigger Th...
Take Camping To The Next Level With This Tent Mansion - It's Bigger Th...
Woman shares 'hidden compartment' in toaster and people never knew it ...
Woman shares 'hidden compartment' in toaster and people never knew it ...
11-year-old girl buys a dated camper for $400 and turns it into the cu...
11-year-old girl buys a dated camper for $400 and turns it into the cu...
This is Why Having A Close Relationship To Your Grandchildren Is A Goo...
This is Why Having A Close Relationship To Your Grandchildren Is A Goo...
A woman got asked out by the guy who bullied her as a kid, so she stoo...
A woman got asked out by the guy who bullied her as a kid, so she stoo...
Carpenter Spends 20 Years Building Massive Life-Sized Replica Of Noah...
Carpenter Spends 20 Years Building Massive Life-Sized Replica Of Noah...
Three sisters all over the age of 100 share their reason for long and ...
Three sisters all over the age of 100 share their reason for long and ...
Homeless Couple Get A Makeover And A Surprise Charity Wedding After Be...
Homeless Couple Get A Makeover And A Surprise Charity Wedding After Be...
Bride’s Dying Dog Was Carried Down The Aisle, And There Wasn’t A D...
Bride’s Dying Dog Was Carried Down The Aisle, And There Wasn’t A D...
Advertisement

After that, it was just struggles, struggles, and more struggles. But he kept trying. First off, he visited the library and applied for every job he could find, be it a meat packer or a door-to-door salesman for mattresses. The odd jobs got him enough money to buy another car on loan. However, he had to drive about 400 miles daily. It was becoming too tiring. So he applied at Mattress Firm.

He got the job. He had a stable $30k annual salary. Things were better but still quite poor. He was still homeless. So, he would shower at a gym and go to work. At times, he would sleep in the store. But after getting almost caught once, he found a room for $550 per month.

Read: This Rwandan With No Education Built His Own Electric Power Plant

Advertisement

How He Eventually Stopped Being Homeless

But he wasn’t happy there. The next step was to return to school:

Advertisement

However, Lambda had no part-timing options. Full-time would be impossible for Chris who was already working full-time. So he directly wrote to Austen Allred, the CEO of Lambda School. And, surprisingly, he replied. The ensuing conversation convinced him to keep studying regardless of the difficulty.

He also had one more reason, at the time. He promised to be a good father to his newborn son. Chris completed his schooling and went on to be an assistant to a teacher. He wanted to help others the same way he was helped:

Advertisement

Eventually, he got a tech job at Comcast in Philadelphia [1]. He now owns a house he can be proud of. The moral of the story is amazingly put by the man himself:

Advertisement

So, if you think being homeless is the lowest point in life, then think again. As Chris put it, the only one who can make your life better is yourself. So, we owe it to ourselves to keep trying to make a better life.

Image Credit: Chris Atoki | Twitter

Keep Reading: Man Buys The Bank That Refused Him A Loan When He Was Broke 18 Years Ago

Sources

  1. 24-year-old New Jersey native, Lambda School alum shares journey from homelessness to homeowner.” 6ABC. Eric Moody.  July 9, 2020.
Mayukh Saha
Freelance Writer
Mayukh is a Content Marketer and Social Media Manager with over 5 years of experience in the industry. Mayukh believes in the power of content; how it can positively impact lives, scale businesses and touch people. In his spare time Mayukh likes to read about latest tech trends and loves to travel in the nature. You can reach him at [email protected]
Advertisement