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Once homeless Coeur d'Alene man now owns Business

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Frank Barnhart says he lives out of an RV, but he hopes creating his own detailing product company will help pull him out of Poverty.

Barnhart says he has worked detailing cars for more than 30 years and worked for car companies as far as Seattle. But the success of those companies was short lived. At 68, he is struggling to get by. He says he started his own companies that were successful, but lost them through two divorces.

"I came back homeless, and started all over again," Barnhart says.

Because of local programs, Barnhart raised enough money to create a series of car care products he made himself. He thinks the products work, providing shine and clarity in car detailing.

"I went and threw some stuff together at my shop at the time. I sprayed it on (the car) and it's crystal clear just like this," he said referencing a recently detailed car. "I could see everything, so it was really good for sanding and scratches." Barnhart hopes the products will be his ticket out of poverty.

Barnhart sells the new products at his new detailing business. He bottles it himself. 5 percent of sales go to help the homeless.

"I just felt it was my duty, to see what I could do to help too," Barnhart says. He hopes to make enough money by the end of the summer to move into an apartment.

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