JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A sailor stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville who is getting ready to get out of the Navy in a few weeks says he is on a mission to help the homeless.
Petty Officer Third Class Benjamin Marius is looking for those living on the streets to help him advertise his start-up business developing websites.
"If I can get somebody a job, one, two or three people, I hope I can inspire other people, other business owners to come up with their own plans to provide jobs for people hardest hit by the economy," said Marius.
First Coast News first found out about Marius after a viewer emailed us pictures of him helping the homeless, sometimes giving them cash and other times a meal.
Tuesday afternoon, we tagged along as Marius talked to the homeless in downtown Jacksonville about coming to work for him by walking around with a sign advertising his business on the street.
"Usually a website ranges from $500 to $2,000, $3,000 so depending on how much I do for a client I'm going to give a percentage to the homeless person, 10-15 percent should be pretty good income if I get a client a day," said Marius.
"I want to be working. I want to make money, come home, sit on the couch and watch television, use the bathroom in privacy. I just want my life back. I don't want to be out here," said a homeless man Marius met who did not want to be identified.
He said it's an offer he is willing to try.
"Who knows? This could be something that could end up benefiting both of us. It could end up benefiting me really well ... This could be my golden opportunity. You never know," said the unidentified man.
Marius says he plans to ask clients who use his services if they want to make a donation directly to the homeless person who they saw holding his sign, a donation he says he will match.
To visit his website, click here.
First Coast News