After a while, Deputy Sheriff Jacob Swalwell realized that there was no point in warning Mick, as he kept returning. Swalwell had no other option but to take things a step further.
Deputy Swalwell approached Mick and asked to see his ID. Mick didn’t have one. What was about to happen, would change Mick’s life forever, but not only that. It would have a significant impact on Swalwell’s life too.
Holding Out a Hand
As playing music was not enough, he had to beg for money. It wasn't what he wanted to do, but what other choice did he have? Where and who else could he turn to?
Mick turning to panhandle is what eventually led him to his savior and to the man who would change his life. Like everything in life, his falling so low had a reason.
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Swalwell
Mick was no stranger to Deputy Sheriff Jacob Swalwell. Jacob would see Mick almost every day begging for money on the streets. He warned Mick on more than one occasion to stop asking people for money, however, Mick would always come back to his spot, accepting reality as it was.
Mick had no intention to harm anyone and he was no threat. All he wanted was some dignity and to be able to have at least one hot meal a day. He wasn't asking for much — this was the only way he could survive.
It's Been a Hard Day's Night
Mick and the deputy flowed into a pleasant conversation and the deputy listened to his hard life story. That's when he realized that Mick was different than the average street beggar and that there was more to him than he initially thought.
Mick wasn't an addict and didn't have a drinking problem. He wasn't a criminal and most of the time minded his own business. Swalwell was able to see beyond what Mick reflected and he was moved and touched. It wasn't something he could ignore.
The Truth Came Out
Mick explained to Swalwell that he became homeless simply because he truly didn't have a home to return to. He had no relatives he could rely on and life led him to the streets.
As Mick was not using illegal substances and wasn't a heavy drinker, he wasn't entitled to social benefits, and because he didn't have a permanent address, he couldn't get an ID card. Deputy Jacob was about to change that.