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Ted Williams was seen panhandling in Ohio a year ago and became famous when a video of him speaking went viral. Receiving millions of hits, the video made him an overnight superstar. However, he still battled his drug and alcohol addiction, stalling his journey to sobriety.

A year after that video Ted is living in a home with a fireplace and a huge walk-in closet. During an Entertainment Tonight report he testifies that it’s a “Hallelujah moment” every day when he wakes up.

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“A year ago, I was sleeping in tents, under bridges, smoking crack, doing all the wild things,” Williams said in an interview. “But now I this is where I live, I have a fireplace.”

He proudly  spoke confidently about how different his life is now than last year. He said that this time last year he lived out of a box and now has a shelf full books.

“Now I have five boxes,” he joked.”What a difference a year makes, God, it’s a hallelujah moment everyday I wake up.” He  is writing a book called, The Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation. It will be released on May 10.

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