Fantastic read, and I wish this guy all the best.
Grand was approached by a young programmer named Patrick McConlogue in mid-August with a choice: Take $100 or take an opportunity to learn how to code. Grand, who had been homeless since 2011 after he lost his job at MetLife and was priced out of his neighborhood when a high-rise went up on the next block, didn’t hesitate.
I tell my friends all the time, coding is a skill that you can take with you wherever you go, and make a difference in whichever endeavor you choose to be a part of. It should really be treated more like a trade than anything else, akin to being an electrician or a plumber, because at the end of the day, you have knowledge that anyone could learn, and if you haven’t learned something new every day, you’re doing something wrong.
If this guy has assimilated the skills it takes to create a mobile app in both iOS and Android, he can probably get himself a job paying a very decent amount in the next couple of weeks, especially with the exposure he’s going to get from the launch of this app.