January 6th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

How faith helped uncover a 'golden voice'

It’s the urban drama most of us have been forced to play. A panhandler stands outside your car window, invoking God and asking for help. What do you do?

For many, the answer is nothing, Keep the windows rolled up and drive straight ahead. Homeless people pleading for help are now so numerous that they’ve become what one pastor called “visual white noise” in our contemporary landscape.

Five weeks ago, though, Doral Chenoweth III, made another decision. He stopped for Ted Williams, a man we now know as “the homeless guy with the golden voice.”

We know what’s happened to Williams:  overnight fame,  job offers. But what about Chenoweth? What made him stop for Williams? It turns out Chenoweth has a story of his own, and it’s rooted in his faith.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Charity • Christianity

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rational

    Mr Chenoweth is an Angel.....Sometimes We are privileged to be able to shake our angels' hands...and to physically look into their face and tell them thanks.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  2. Rational

    Mr Chenoweth is an Angel.....Sometimes We are privileged to be able to shake our angels' hands...and to physically look into there face and tell them thanks.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  3. Bea K.

    I pray to God he keeps it together and does not let the right now fame go to his head. Also, since he is a voice-over artist, perhaps he should try to find a way to give up those cigarettes, which don't do anything to help. Stay rooted and grounded in God Ted and despite what comes 'He' will see that you make it through.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  4. Reality

    He sounds like BO and his voice appears to be affected by cigarette use. Lung cancer?

    January 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Anglican

      Try not to be so cranky. Peace.

      January 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  5. CatholicMom

    William’s voice certainly is wonderful to listen to. I will have to keep my ears open to see what the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial has him sayin’. But really it is his smile that is equally beautiful! I hope he is able to handle all the fame and stay on track now…even join a Church close to his new home!

    May God bless him and the Chenoweth family.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Anglican

      I hope and believe he will do well. He, on NBC Today, proclaimed his faith. May God bless and keep him.

      January 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  6. Reality

    I believe Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are both atheists. Might want to check the Gates Foundation to see how it impacts the world in the arena of good works every day.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  7. GSA

    @Peace2All – you my friend may already have the best post for 2011 with that one. Totally true, good is good no matter what label we choose to put on it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  8. Peace2All

    In the article, it discusses Mr. Chenoweth's helping others because it is part of his job to notice people... and... it is part of his 'faith.' He has done some remarkable things, in terms of being compassionate, loving and giving.

    And, while I understand that he attributes his giving as a part of of religion and faith, these behaviors are not 'exclusive' to only people that are Christians or 'believers.'

    Agnostics, atheists... and all others in between 'give... because it is just the 'right' thing to do... yes...?

    Again, I am in no way taking anything away from Mr. Chenoweth, and the wonderful things he has done. He should be applauded...!

    My point being... qualities like love, charity, compassion, giving, etc... are not just exhibited by people of 'religious beliefs,' but by others as well.

    And the reason I'm mentioning this is... I have often seen posts by believers, that agnostics and atheists are mean, self-centered, unhappy people.

    There are certainly good, happy, loving, giving, compassionate believers, and... there are certainly good, loving, happy giving, compassionate atheists and agnostics... and people of (other religions) for that matter. These qualities are not just reserved for Christians.

    Again... Great story of giving and love... regardless of being of faith or not.


    January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Peace2all: Yes, I second GSA. Good is good no matter what we call it. And Mr Chenoweth certainly has given a greater share of kindness and care than most. "You may not be able to help someone with money, but you can at least say hello, how you doing, and look at them." A lesson for us all.

      January 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Gary

      Peace2all, excellent post. Great points !

      January 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
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