IMPACT
02/07/2011 02:22 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dave Talley, Homeless Man Who Returned Lost Cash, Finds New Life

Homeless man Dave Talley made headlines in November for doing the right thing: returning a lost bag full of cash to its owner.

Instead of pocketing the $3,300, which could have meant food and shelter for him, Talley turned in the backpack.

His story struck a chord with residents in his community and across the country, who sent donations to the hero. Talley was also honored by the city of Tempe, Ariz., where he lives.

Months later, local news station KPHO checked up on Talley to see how his life has changed after his noble act.

The outpouring of community support has helped Talley get back on his feet with a new job and a place to live.

Talley is now employed by the Tempe Community Action Agency, the nonprofit organization where he turned in the lost backpack. He is working on the community garden and has his own office to coordinate his work.

KPHO reports,

"Right now I'm learning all about Microsoft Word, how to do basic formatting, how to do e-mails. I just sent my first e-mail last week," Talley said with a smile.

In addition to being employed, Talley has also moved into an apartment of his own.

Supporters can make a donation to the Tempe Community Action Agency to help the organization support Talley and other homeless people in Arizona.