Former Homeless Man Gives Back

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

November 23, 2006

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. One Charlottesville man told us he understands that better than anyone.

Time spent inside the Salvation Army opened doors for one Charlottesville man. Three years ago Bobby Nicholson moved from New Jersey with no place to go ago until finding the Salvation Army.

"I'm thankful that it was a place for me to come and rebuild my life," said Bobby Nicholson who used to live in the shelter.

Nicholson moved out of the shelter in October 2005. Still, he visits his first Charlottesville home to see friends when he can.

"I come back here to show I have an attitude of gratitude of where I came from," added Nicholson.

Life outside the Salvation Army for the 42 year old has been up and down. Nicholson says he thinks differently than before.

"My thought pattern is different, you know my thinking is different. I still got issues, and I still work on my issues, but I don't think the way I used to think," added Nicholson.

One of the ups for Nicholson is owning his own carpet cleaning business. Another is the chance to offer a job to others in the shelter.

"I come back here and seek those friends out. They gave me a chance, and now I am trying to give them a chance," added Nicholson.

Which makes Thanksgiving 2006 special to so many including Bobby Nicholson.

"I am thankful that I can eat at home instead of eat underneath a bridge," said Nicholson.

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