NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As CBS2 reported not too long ago, people in a Manhattan neighborhood took the phrase “love thy neighbor” to heart.

They befriended a homeless man who was living on the street for more than a year, and made it their mission to get him a job and put a roof over his head.

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On Sunday, he showed reporter Lisa Rozner what a full week of employment looks like.

In less than two weeks, Johnell Johnson went from a stoop on West 22nd Street to manning the sink at Gran Tivoli on Broome Street. He’s the restaurant’s new kitchen porter.

“It feels good. I just started and I was training somebody,” Johnson said.

Johnell Johnson (Credit: CBS2)

Neighbors plastered posters with the hashtag #HireJohnell around the Chelsea neighborhood where the homeless man has greeted strangers with a smile for more than a year. One gave him an old iPhone, another accompanied him to interviews, and shared his story by creating an Instagram handle for him.

“One of our owners saw a post on Instagram. I think what Rob recognized from the moment he came in was just a positive attitude,” said Ryan Gavin, Gran Tivoli’s beverage director.

Johnell is working full-time, five days a week, for $15 an hour, and neighbor Julie Benlevi helped him open a bank account.

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“It was the best. It’s super exciting,” Benlevi said.

“I never seen people like this in my life. I didn’t know there were good people like this in my life,” Johnson added.

And having a job isn’t the only thing Johnell said he’s blessed to have. Now, thanks to his neighbors, he also has a place to stay.

“We spoke with housing over a couple months and they got him a place the same day he started the first regular shift on his job,” neighbor Jennifer Mallicote said.

Johnson is now staying in a transitional housing facility and said he hopes to get an apartment of his own in the next year.

“It’s wonderful. It’s wonderful to sleep in a bed,” he said. “Lay down, rest peaceful and I listen to my music and get to work.”

The only downside — if you want to call it that — is that Johnell’s old friends on 22nd Street miss seeing him around.

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Johnson said he plans to hand out holiday cards thanking each and every neighbor who helped him, or simply greeted him while he lived on the street.