Mission Alumni work hard at Marriott Marquis Houston Downtown

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Mission Alumni work hard at Marriott Marquis Houston Downtown

The Super Bowl is long gone, but a Houston hotel continues to hire the kind of people who helped them through the big game, the formerly homeless.

Six months after Super Bowl 51, there’s one guy still smiling.

“Man, I’m so blessed with how things are going in my life right now,” said Ricardo Hernandez, who used to be homeless. It was the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team who took him to Open Door Mission.

His life changed, he even joined the choir and just in time for the Super Bowl, he scored a job working pool maintenance on the Texas-shaped pool at the new Marriott Marquis.

“When this all started happening, I started interacting more with the guests and everything and so I just wanted to get to another level,” said Hernandez.