Good Samaritans help homeless man locate forgotten bank account

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Thanks to a dedicated caseworker and police officer, things are looking up for one homeless man.

For three years, John Helsinki, 62, slept on the streets of downtown Tampa, often in a cardboard box or underneath benches to avoid detection, according to WFTS.

But Officer Dan McDonald did spot Helsinki, and guided him to a local center for the homeless. There, Helsinki met case manager Charles Inman.

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The officer and case worker helped Helsinki reestablish his identity by securing a new driver’s license and Social Security card. It was going through that process that Helsinki discovered a long-forgotten bank account.

Social Security checks had been automatically deposited into the account, and the available amount was enough for Helsinki to purchase permanent housing.

John Helinski was once homeless, sleeping on a cardboard box by a bus stop. But his story gets better — way, way better.

Posted by ABC Action News - WFTS/TV on Wednesday, April 15, 2015