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Police Officer Spends Lunch Break Sharing Pizza With A Homeless Woman When He Spots Her Tshirt

"Homeless. The fastest way of becoming a nobody."

Anyone can fall through the cracks of the system. All it takes is one mistake or bad encounter to have everything taken and lose all material belongings. Many declare bankruptcy every single day. Yet, we still judge them for their difficulty on getting back up.

For one woman, she understood exactly how others saw her so she wrote it on her shirt. She probably didn't expect much out of it until she crossed paths with police officer Michael Rivers.

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Meet Officer Michael Rivers

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Officer Michael Rivers works for the Goldsboro Police Department. In his almost decade of work he has seen quite the fair share of the homeless community often occupying the same streets he works on. At times he even recognizes them as he crosses them again on the street.

However, this time it wasn't the homeless woman that caught his eye, but the powerful message that she had handwritten on her white shirt.

A Shirt With A Special Message

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The woman wore a shirt that said: "Homeless. The fastest way of becoming a nobody." At first, Michael simply said hello to her and moved on as he usually would. But this time, he simply couldn't get the statement on her shirt off his mind.

The rates of homelessness in America are skyrocketing. The stats from January 2020 show that on any given night there were 580,466 people experiencing homelessness in America. That's half a million people with 30% of which are families with children. They are surviving in every state and territory and they come from every racial diversity in the country.

Michael Wanted To Make A Difference

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Michael had two options. He could have gone on with his day as normal as most people would and let the woman figure the rest out for herself. But in an interview with CNN, Michael explains that something kept pulling him to go back to that woman and talk to her.

The 29-year-old finally decided to use his lunch break to show that woman some kindness, to show her that maybe she isn't a nobody after all. She is human and for that, she should matter. Michael stated: "God put it on my heart to get her lunch, so I turned around and I asked her, 'Hey, did you eat today?' And she said, 'No.'"

Michael Got Them Both Pizzas To Share

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Michael went to the pizza place around the corner and grabbed some standard pepperoni and cheese pizzas before sitting down with the woman on the grass.

He spent all 45 minutes of his lunch break in conversation with the woman. He did not appear to judge but was likely the only person to listen to her story that day and make her feel valued. This is how Michael found out that the woman's name was Michelle and that she actually had a 12-year-old daughter who is battling liver disease and in foster care.

Michelle Was On A Difficult Path

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​Michelle is living proof that you should never judge a book by its cover. She may have ended up on the streets but she was still a human being and a mother to a 12-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son. She was also a wife to a man who was homeless and sitting across the street. Michael quickly found that although the pizza was great, their conversation was so much better.

He even realized that he was not that different from Michelle after all. He was a police officer who often got painted in a negative light when associated with law enforcement in general. He had often experienced judgment from society and he knew that a person could not always be blamed for the circumstances of their situation.

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The Heartwarming Encounter Was Captured By A Passerby

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Michael didn't go speak to Michelle for attention, despite his story being shared by thousands who found it inspiring. He didn't think anyone would be watching when a passerby took a picture of him with Michelle and shared it with her husband Chris Barnes who then posted it on Facebook with the caption: "Cassie was out on her lunch break and observed Goldsboro’s Finest enjoying lunch with a homeless person. Law enforcement does so much for our community, with a lot of it going unnoticed. We see you Goldsboro P.D. Keep up the good work."

From there the photo got share after share, with many wanting to raise awareness for the homeless community in hopes that more people will show them this kind of kindness instead of passing judgment.

It Is Up To Each One Of Us To Make A Difference

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Reflecting on the situation Machel wished everyone understood that "homeless people are just people who are down on their luck." "It can happen to anybody." When he goes to work every day, his thinking is : "Who can I bless today? Who can I make smile?'"

You can be a blessing to some too with small thoughtful actions. Imagine how much better the world would be if we each found our purpose and helped others reach theirs. Take a quick zodiac reading here to find out what your universe has to say about you right now. Understand your purpose and your potential so that you can take control of your emotions, your life, and your future by clicking HERE.


The Four Zodiac Signs That Make The Best Husbands

Women give a lot of time and thought to their idea of the best husband. Most would agree that he must be caring, loyal, attentive, understanding, and independent. No woman is looking to marry a man-child who is just looking for someone to mother him while he contributes the bare minimum. The tricky part is that most men are skilled at charming women into thinking that they will give them the world only to later find out that this was nothing but a facade, an idea they presented but had no intention of maintaining.

Luckily astrology has shown that some signs hold traits and characteristics within their core that naturally give them an advantage. Their personalities hold the traits of the best husbands.

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Aries: A Man On An Honest Mission

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​Aries is the kind of man who steps up to the plate without waiting for an invitation. You don't need to ask him twice to take out the trash, because he loves to take charge and be proactive. When they're at their best, Aries men want to become the financial head of their family. They want to ensure that they are working independently to provide and care for the one they love to the best of their abilities.

What makes Aries men great husbands is that they take care of themselves first so that they can actually care for a partner. Sometimes this means that they'll avoid relationships and stay single for long periods of time before they feel like they're in the right place for marriage. However, they tend to be honest about where they are along their path and with their intentions, making them easy to trust and later upfront husbands. You usually don't have to play guessing games, as they'll lay out their cards for you straight on the table.

Leo: Carefree Nature

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Leo men usually have a carefree nature and are happy to do their own thing while letting their partner do theirs. They are easy to plan with and communicate with because they are just happy if you are happy. They're not the jealous type or the overprotective kind that needs you home by a certain time and feels the need to check your phone when you're not looking. The trusting and natural connection they build makes for healthy relationships where both partners are independent in their own ways but can unite in an equal partnership.

Leos are also known to be courageous. Their carefree nature allows them to take risks without overthinking the outcomes. They are likely to go out of their way to make the first moves and put in the effort. They will make their wives feel supported, protected, and lifted.

Virgo: Supportive And Thoughtout

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A Virgo man is husband material because he actually takes the time to think things through. He doesn't rush into relationships and commitments unless he truly feels that it is right. This means that once he chooses the woman he wants to marry, he becomes entirely loyal and dedicated to her. He's willing to work through the hard times and doesn't give up easily. He takes time during arguments to think of logical responses rather than fight in the heat of the moment.

Virgo men are good at providing validation and reminding their wives that they are loved and cared for. They take their hard work ethic with them in their relationships because they understand that love is a muscle that needs to be trained in order to keep functioning at a healthy level. When Virgo men make a promise, they keep it forever.

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Taurus: Protective Of The Heart

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​A Taurus man is both caring and loyal. He is the kind of husband who will always reassure you that he's on your team. He wants to face all your problems with you, not against you. You can count on him when you need support or even just a little help around the house. His reliability means that he always shows up, and remembers birthdays and anniversaries.

Taurus men have a great moral compass that easily guides them in their relationships. They hate to disappoint you so they go out of their way to make sure that you know how much they are trying to love you. Taurus is a romantic at heart, which makes him the ideal partner for a stable relationship that doesn't get comfortable and boring. From the moment he marries the woman he loves, he becomes protective of her heart

Cancer: A Lover Of Love

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Cancer men can't help but love everything about love. They can come off as needy but they are just craving to be loved the same intense, everything in, passionate way that they give love. They are emotional and sentimental making them some of the most romantic partners. They love to surprise their wives with flowers, or acts of service without being asked, just to see her smile at the end of the day.

They give a lot of affection and actually enjoy spending quality time with their wives. They are not confrontational and are great communicators. Marriages with them tend to be calm and patient because they don't let issues bottle up and talk calmly whenever there is an issue. They are genuinely kind and make caring partners.

Get Personal And Break The Cycle

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We don't blame you for being frustrated with dating but if you're struggling to find and keep a quality man click here to find out how to break the cycle. In any relationship, always look at how you feel and ask yourself: does this person make you love yourself more? Do you want to grow old with them?

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