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NBC visits St. Anthony’s clothing program

NBC visits St. Anthony’s clothing program


BUT WERE FINE AFTER GETTING SOME FRESH AIR.>>>St. ANTHONY’S DINING HALL WILL FEED MORE THAN 3,000 OF SAN FRANCISCO’S HUNGRY AND HOMELESS THIS THANKSGIVING. THIS IS JUST PART OF WHAT SAINT ANTHONY’S HAS BEEN DOING FOR THE PAST 60 YEARS.>>TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, IT RELIES ON A STEADY STREAM OF VOLUNTEERS AND DEDICATED STAFF. GARVIN THOMAS INTRODUCES US TO ONE MAN WHO HAS BEEN HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES. GARVIN.>>JANELLE, MARCELLUS WAS LOST ONE DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO. LOST IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. HE WAS HOMELESS, BUT ALSO STANDING ON A STREET CORNER, NOT KNOWING WHICH WAY TO TURN. HE LOOKED UP, SAW St. ANTHONY’S AND THOUGHT IT WAS A SIGN. IT CERTAINLY SEEMED LIKE IT. THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME, RIGHT? I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU.>>Reporter: MARCELLUS RUNNELLS THE FREE CLOTHING PROGRAM AT St. ANTHONY’S IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH SUCH SKILL — >>I’M GOING TO LET YOU IN RIGHT NOW. HOW ABOUT THAT?>>Reporter: YOU CAN JUST TELL HE’S HAD EXPERIENCE.>>COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO JESSICA HOW THIS WORKS?>>Reporter: AND IT’S TRUE, IN A WAY. EVERYTHING YOU SEE MARCELLUS KNOWS ABOUT CLOTHING, WILL THAT HE’S HAD TO LEARN ON THE JOB.>>DAVID. WHY DID YOU COME DOWN HERE?>>Reporter: BUT RELATING TO HIS CLIENTS, WELL, THAT’S SOMETHING HE KNOWS OF FIRSTHAND.>>WHEN I WAS HOMELESS, I LEARNED SO MANY THINGS THAT I USED IN MY JOB.>>OKAY, THE PANTS, SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, BELTS, HATS. >>Reporter: MARCELLUS WALKED INTO St. ANTHONY’S ONE DAY IN THE 1990s, LOOKING FOR HELP.>>IF YOU LOOK ON THAT WALL OVER THERE — >>Reporter: AND HAS SPENT THE FOLLOWING 20 YEARS GIVING IT. EVERY DAY, 150 PEOPLE ARE WELCOMED INTO HIS SHOP, AND TREATED NOT LIKE THOSE IN NEED OF CHARITY, BUT CUSTOMERS DESERVING RESPECT.>>ANYBODY LOOKING FOR A 36?>>Reporter: MARCELLUS KNOWS THE CLOTHES HE PROVIDES WON’T CHANGE SOMEONE’S LIFE. BUT THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE HERE — >>YES, I LOVE YOU TOO. >>Reporter: COULD POSSIBLY CHANGE ITS DIRECTION.>>THAT IS WHAT WE WERE RAISED. THAT’S WHAT — THE NEXT I THINK HE DOES, HE OR SHE DOES, IS NOT TO, YOU KNOW, CURSE THE SYSTEM. BUT IT’S TO SAY, WOW, YOU KNOW? I LIKE THIS — THIS GUY TREATED ME RIGHT. HIS NEXT REACTION OR RESPONSE TO SOMEONE ELSE IS LIKELY TO BE A POSITIVE ONE.>>Reporter: IT IS CLEAR, WITH HIS ATTITUDE, WORK ETHIC AND PEOPLE SKILLS, THERE ARE MANY FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES THAT WOULD DO WELL TO HIRE MARCELLUS. HE HINTS THERE HAVE BEEN OFFERS OVER THE YEARS. BUT THE REWARDS MARCELLUS TRULY SEEKS ARE NOT ONES YOU CAN DEPOSIT IN THE BANK.>>SOME PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU TO ME AND I SAY THANK YOU. AND THEY’RE LIKE — YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE SAYING YOU’RE WELCOME. AND I SAY NO, YOU HELPED ME AS MUCH AS I HELPED YOU. MAYBE EVEN MORE.>>GOOD ENERGY. HE’S GOT GOOD ENERGY. >>GREAT ENERGY. HE SAYS HE GETS HUN200% EVERY D TO GIVE THESE FOLKS A TRUE STORE EXPERIENCE.>>RIGHT.>>TO WALK IN, HAVE A SELECTION OF NICE THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM. AND TREATING THEM WITH RESPECT AND — >>TOTALLY.>>TOTALLY CAN CHANGE SOMEONE’S DAY, AND IF YOU CHANGE ONE DAY, MAYBE THE NEXT AND THINGS SNOWBALL AFTER THAT.>>YOU CHANGED OUR EVENING TONIGHT WITH THAT STORY.>>IT’S SUCH A HARD TIME FOR THEM AND THEY WALK OUT

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