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Steve Alexander was hanging outside of a Meijer in Taylor in March when a woman approached him and asked if he was hungry.

Homeless for the past several months and living at a nearby campsite with his dog, King, the 52-year-old man accepted the offer from the woman who was shopping with two of her young sons.

“I didn’t hesitate to whip my cart around and buy food for Steve and King,” said Marie Ray, a Taylor resident. Her son, Coltyn, 5, presented Alexander with the food.

“He smiled and tears ran down his face,” said Ray, 29. “It was an amazing moment for myself. It was amazing my son recognized you don’t judge a book by its cover.”

The generosity didn’t end there.

Since their first meeting, Ray along with a group of Taylor residents, found temporary housing for Alexander in a motel where he’s lived for the past two months. They launched a Facebook group and held a fundraiser last week that raised enough money to purchase a trailer for Alexander.

On Friday, Alexander received the title and keys.

“I can’t believe all that they’ve done for me so far,” Alexander said. “I don’t think they’re wanting to quit. I don’t understand why they’re doing it for me, but they are.”

The trailer, in the Van Born and Inkster area, will need some sprucing up before Alexander and his dog can move in. The 2-year-old red-nose pitbull is Alexander’s service dog that alerts him when he is going to have a seizure.

“He’s a very remarkable dog,” he said.

Alexander, a veteran, said he used to own a trailer in Brownstown Township, but gave it to his son and his children. A roofer for more than 25 years, Alexander said it’s become more physically difficult to work.

Having a roof over his head will give him a chance to move forward with his life and perhaps help others who are homeless, he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting my life straightened again,” he said.

On Saturday, Ray and other supporters, will hold a car wash fundraiser for Alexander. It will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ACO Hardware on Ecorse near Pardee.

Alexander plans to be there.

“I’m going to wash some cars,” he said. “I’m not someone that asks for something don’t give something back. I’m going to earn my keep. There’s no way I could ever repay them for this.”

Ray said she plans to help others like Alexander.

“We just want to help homeless people,” she said. “We’re not stopping here with Steve. We’re going to continue this.”

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