Formerly Homeless Veteran Gets Help, Now Gives Back
To witness 70-year-old Mike Bartell smiling, laughing, and caring for others while volunteering for the San Francisco Marin Food Bank, is to see a man who looks like he’s had a lifetime of experience spreading joy.
Bartell, however, is quick to point out that if you were to ask anyone who knew him at an earlier age, they would tell a different tale. “They wouldn’t believe it,” Bartell said. “That grumpy old person … what happened to him?”
What happened is that Bartell discovered, very late in life, that it’s never too late to turn one’s life around.
NBC Bay Area reporter Garvin Thomas interviewed Mike for a “Bay Area Proud” segment. Click here to read more about Mike’s transformation in life, or watch the video below.