Once Homeless Man Cleans Up With Soap Business | New York | CNN Money
Dennis Anderson never thought that he would be unemployed and then homeless after college. But that’s exactly what happened to him after he graduated in 2005 from Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts.
The only jobs he could find were meager-paying retail ones. And it didn’t look like his employment options were going to get any better. So on a whim, he took his last savings, packed up his car and drove cross country to the West Coast.
When he arrived, he had no job, home, family or friends. He did have ambition, which helped him launch and build Oregon-based Anderson Soap Company, which manufactures whipped soaps, and lip balms and other cosmetics.
He now has a home, a family, and dreams for an even better future. Anderson recently spoke about his change of fortune — including how Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and different kinds of foods figure into his success — with Steven Greenberg, CBS radio expert for jobs and host of the nationally syndicated radio program, “Your Next Job.”
What sustained you during that time?
I just refused to give up. I had to find a way out. I knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight, but you just get tired of your life not being what you imagined, and then a determination to change that settles in. I had to believe that good things could happen to me.
via CNN Money