A London couple is giving back to a homeless man who helped them one cold night.

On January 4, Charlotte Ellis and her boyfriend, Taylor Walden, were returning home after a night out when they missed their train. The next train was scheduled to come four hours later and the couple found themselves stranded at the station in the cold.

That was when Joey, a homeless man, offered to help. “You can borrow my coat and duvet if you want? It’s a long wait and it’s freezing tonight,” Joey said.

Joey’s offer was very much welcomed. “I jump straight under the duvet and thank Joey for his kind offer as Taylor gives me the look,” said Charlotte. “After Taylor and I sat with Joey waiting for our train, there was just something about him that was so sincere I couldn’t leave him out there on his own.”

Charlotte wanted to give back to Joey for his kindness and asked if he would like to stay the night at her and her mother’s place to shower and have a hot meal. Joey was hesitant at first but accepted the offer.

“No one deserves to be out in these conditions. I’m not saying that you should trust everyone you meet on a street corner, but who exactly should you trust?” said Charlotte.

Charlotte, Taylor, and Joey passed the time by talking and sharing stories about their lives. By the end of the night, they had bonded and become friends. Joey offered the coat to Taylor as a token of appreciation.

“In my eyes this gift had such a powerful meaning behind it more than any ever gift you could ever receive,” said Charlotte.

Joey was given a warm welcome by Charlotte’s family and friends who offered him a new haircut, wardrobe, and phone as well as a warm place to stay. Within five days of going home with the couple, Joey got a job.

“All he needed was someone to have faith in him and to help be that stepping stone to make a difference to someone’s life. Joey is the most amazing, caring and incredible human that we have ever met, and I’m so blessed to of been a part of getting him off the streets,” said Charlotte.

Jowelle M. is a college student interested in sociology, political science, and Spanish. Aside from academics, Jowelle enjoys blogging, reading, music, and spending time with family. She is happiest when she is working with others to improve the community.