The story of the homeless man with the radio voice, Ted Williams, is all over the Internet and news channels. It really shows promise as a story about failure because of alcohol and drugs and a rise because of prayer and a drive to show his mother, before she passes, he is back on track. He appears to be successful in marketing himself, even though he is down. But I have to ask, why was he still homeless?
Many people are homeless because they have mental health problems. Many people are homeless because they have substance abuse problems, and that can be a result of the mental health problems. Many people are poor because their financial situation, not due to drugs and alcohol, became dire.
Ted Williams said he fell to the demons of alcohol and drugs. But is that situation "solved" or to put another way, is he in recovery? Before businesses offer him compensation for Williams' vocal talents, they should make sure his demons are under his heel. They need to ask, "Are your demons conquered"? And they need to verify.