2013年6月20日 星期四

Dr. Jong Chen and Mike Williams

A Doctor's Kindness Gives Homeless Inventor A Second Chance

6 min 56 sec

Mike Williams (left) was homeless and broke in Sacramento, Calif., when he met Dr. Jong Chen. Now the two men are working together to develop a portable housing pod for the homeless.
Mike Williams (left) was homeless and broke in Sacramento, Calif., when he met Dr. Jong Chen. Now the two men are working together to develop a portable housing pod for the homeless.
Courtesy of Mike Williams
In California in the early 1980s, a cracked tooth sent Mike Williams to the dentist's office.
When Williams asked to see the tooth, the dentist said he had a mirror but that there was no camera or anything to show people the insides of their mouths. So, Williams invented one: the first intraoral camera.
His invention was a big success, and it led to other medical technology ventures that made him millions of dollars. Williams' career as an inventor and entrepreneur took off, but it wouldn't last.
"The real estate market destroyed a lot of my financial capabilities, and my home went into foreclosure [in 2009]," Williams tells NPR's Robert Smith. "I had a group that defrauded me in Florida, took about $2.5 million from me in a scam, and it just kept going and kept going and I couldn't stop it."
His world was crumbling. Then his wife asked for a divorce.

"I packed my car, told my kids to come and get what they wanted and I basically hit the streets," he says.
The successful inventor had become homeless.
For a while, Williams lived out of his car and kept a journal on a laptop. Once he fell behind on the car payments, he took shelter in a dumpster. The situation hit him hard.
"I found out that I was really nothing, and that was very hard for me to grasp; the fact that no one wanted me around," he says. "I was something nobody wanted to see or be involved in, and that crushed me."
One night last August, Williams was sleeping in a Sacramento park when two men began kicking and beating him. They beat him until he passed out, taking his belongings and leaving him with severe injuries.
Williams walked to the emergency room. He didn't have health insurance, and he says he waited for hours before seeing a doctor.
"Little did I know that that beating would be the beating that changed my life," he says.
A Second Chance
Williams' injuries eventually led him to Dr. Jong Chen.
He went to Chen complaining of pain in his lower abdomen; it turns out he suffered prostate damage that required surgery. Before the operation, the two men struck up a conversation, and Chen asked him how he became homeless and what he did before that.
A rendering of the pod prototype designed by Williams in his joint venture with Chen.
A rendering of the pod prototype designed by Williams in his joint venture with Chen.
Courtesy of Mike Williams
"And I started telling him the story," Williams says. "And I said, 'As a matter of fact, I'm the inventor of that little wire catheter you're using.' "
Chen thought it was a waste that an inventor like Williams was on the street, so he devised a way to help him. He later called Williams at a local Salvation Army shelter and asked to take him out to breakfast.
"He said 'I want you to bring your patents. I want you to bring whatever you're working on,' " Williams says.
They went to breakfast, and Williams talked of about his idea to invent a secure, safe place for the homeless and people that are displaced in society.
"I want to give them a safe place to live," he says he told Chen.
Williams came up with the idea while resting in one of the only safe places he could find: a dumpster. He'd even drawn up the plans for a self-contained survival pod — a 6-foot by 6-foot structure with a single bed and a chemical toilet.
Chen signed on, and they formed a company to start working on a prototype pod. They also envision other applications — FEMA could use them for emergency housing, and airports could rent them to travelers with long layovers.
All of that got started with an unusually generous contribution.
"To me, a patient is a patient, no matter what kind of status [they] have," Chen says. "They need the help, [and] we can give him the help."
Chen got Williams out of the shelter and back on his feet. He helped him get an apartment, new clothes and treated him to meals when the two would meet.
Williams says he is humbled by the second chance he's been given by the generosity of one man, and says it's people like Chen who are truly helping people.
"[Dr. Chen] is truly an amazing man," Williams says. "I'm just telling you, [he] is the example for America."

 台籍醫師助美 流浪漢重當發明家 故事轟動全美

一對天作之合的夥伴-陳榮良(圖左)與麥可威廉斯(圖右)的故事轟動全美。 (照片提供/Mike Williams)

2月中旬,美國記者知道加州當地有一位陳榮良醫師,幫助一位從發明家淪為街友的麥可.威廉斯(Mike Williams),重新站起來再拾發明恩賜,後來果真設計出提供街友和災民可舒適居住的「移動艙」(Pod)。於是記者開始調查這則故事的真實性,分別挖掘兩人的背景,結果證實了這個故事的真實性。

  於是陳榮良與麥可的故事被記者「大作文章」,隔天成為美國最大發行量報紙之一的「洛杉磯時報」 (Los Angeles Times)



受基督徒母親影響深 內化施比受更為有福


當流浪漢遇見陳榮良 激盪出轟動全美的故事
72歲的陳榮良(右二)60歲的麥可(右三)善用各自恩賜展開救人新計畫。 (照片提供/Mike Williams)





第一台「移動艙」(Pod)即將問世,總面積為8*8*6英尺,1.5個榻榻米大,其內設備完善,能給予街友及災民足夠的安全感。 (照片提供/Mike Williams)

擁有發明恩賜的麥可,首先想要幫助的就這是無家可歸的人們,於是只花了3周的時間,就設計出解決街友和災民住宿問題的移動艙,並在陳榮良支持下,兩人成為合作夥伴,成立「Steps Housing Systems Inc.」公司,展開新的救人計畫。


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