Louisville handyman begging for job lands position at home remodeling company | News
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A craftsman who had lost his luck was standing with a sign on the street. But he wasn’t looking for a flyer.
He was looking for a job and now he has one.
Robert Simpson is new to Greenstar Home Remodeling.
“You let me do demolition work,” he said.
But less than 24 hours ago, Simpson asked for help. Not for money. Not food or shelter.
Just for one job.
Its humble green mark was a sign of the times. It read: “Craftsman, 25 years of experience, need work.”
It’s hard for the 64-year-old to share his story.
“My family stays in a hotel and …” Simpson chokes. “Wait a minute…”
He lives on a small disability check for $ 1,000 a month.
“My family is staying in a hotel,” he begins again. “We have to pay rent …”
He chokes again.
The stress and strain are already evident now. He’d done odd jobs to make ends meet.
It all stopped with COVID-19.
“We have to pay rent every day and it costs $ 55 to $ 60 to stay and I’m running out of money,” said Simpson. “Didn’t have a job.”
He has lived at the Red Carpet Inn with his girlfriend and their 6-year-old son for seven weeks after they lost their apartment to the pandemic.
Then Simpson went out into the street with his sign.
“I just thought I’d go out there and see if I could find a job,” Simpson said.
Simpson said he stood in the scorching sun day after day for a week at the Hurstbourne exit off Interstate 64 in Louisville, just trying to find work to get enough money to get a roof over his head for another night to have.
Someone posted a picture of Simpson on social media, and that spurred Kyle Kark, owner of Greenstar Home Remodeling, to action.
“We just made the decision to have him,” said Kark. “I don’t know if we’ll have something for him all the time, but we’ll do everything we can to help him get back on his feet.”
On Tuesday, the task was to create better office space on the upper floor. It’s an easy job for Simpson, who has been doing this type of job for decades.
“I started out as a painter and then went on to become a landscaper – mechanical work, roofer – whatever I can make,” Simpson said.
The owner of Greenstar Home Remodeling said he was committed to this cause.
Kark picked Simpson up for work Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. and planned to drop him off with groceries at home on Tuesday. He agreed to pay him $ 100 for the work.
“If he comes to work and shows up and does a good job and I have work for him, I’ll definitely keep him and help him in any way I can,” Kark said.
It’s not a handout, but a hand-up to help the craftsman build a better foundation.
“I think I’ll enjoy working for him while he keeps me and I’ll go out of my way,” said Simpson.
Somehow, Simpson lost his home during the pandemic, which shouldn’t have happened as the evictions currently taking place in Louisville were frozen.
The city also has two million dollar funds for rental support. One is from the Community Foundation in Louisville and the other is funded by the CARES Act.
To apply to the One Louisville Fund CLICK HERE.
You can find more information about support with eviction prevention HERE.
A GoFundMe account has been created for Simpson. To access this GoFundMe page, CLICK HERE.
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