Spread the Love #Tarecsfreshstart

$16,554 of $25k goal

Raised by 421 people in 2 months
Adam August
on behalf of Tarec Atkinson
 SAUSALITO, CA
In the months since sharing Tarec's story, the response has been inspiring. Over a million people have read the story on Quora. Hundreds of thousands of people have liked, shared, and commented on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit. I owe a special shout out to Grace Keh for sharing the story with Frank Summerville from KTVU Fox. Once Frank posted it on his Facebook, I saw firsthand what "going viral" looks like.
 
People from all over the world now know Tarec's story because of social media and the power of love. This story has found its way into the hearts of so many regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, nationality, political views, or class. By caring about Tarec's story, YOU proved love transcends all.
 

Let that sink in for a minute.
 

The love and concern that strangers have shown a man they'll probably never meet is beyond words. I recently spent an evening with Tarec reading your comments to him. I wish you could've seen his face light up. To say your words mean the world to him would be a vast understatement. For a man that has practically nothing the sense of pride and importance that YOU have given him can't ever be taken away.

So now the tough part. How is Tarec doing?

Well.
 
He still lives in a tent next to highway 101 in Marin City. The rain has made life even tougher for Tarec. He still spends most of his days alone or hanging out at Starbucks. The employees and customers treat him well. It's hard not to. The warmth in this guy's heart is palpable. 
 
As for the job. Safeway did indeed offer Tarec a job and we celebrated that news with ice cream. I thought we had a happy ending and a new beginning for Tarec. I was wrong. I failed and I truly apologize if anyone feels misled. With that said, TOGETHER we have an opportunity to write a happy ending and give Tarec a new shot at life.
 
In retrospect, I didn't fully understand the impossible nature of having and keeping a job with no place to call home. In an effort to find Tarec a home, I visited Homeward Bound and met with their executive director, Mary Kay Sweeney, a real life angel. She taught me "a healthy home is the foundation for a prosperous life". 

We've come full circle.

Tarec is still homeless and jobless, but not hopeless. And because of YOU neither am I. I can't emphasize this enough. The thousands of comments and messages I have received over the past few months has inspired me to finish what I started. Change a man's life. Now with thousands of my closest friends, we can accomplish that together.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kindness and support. 

"Life is hard. Be nice to people." - Alex Rayburn
"Be the change you wish to see." - Mahatma Gandhi

Here is how the $25,000 will be used:

$10,000 - $12,000: 12 months of rent pre-paid
$1,000 - $2,000: turns a house/appt. into a home
$1,500 - $2,000: 12 months of utility bills
$1,000 - $1,500: groceries, clothes, and spending money

The additional $8,000+ will be placed into a checking/savings account under Tarec's name.

I'll be creating a facebook page for Tarec where we will provide bi-weekly updates. Everything will be documented and shared through facebook. Transparency and authenticity are two words that I live by.

If you are a Real Estate Broker or Agent in Marin County and would like to help Tarec find his new home, please email me at Adamaugust7@gmail.com with the subject line Housing for Tarec.

If you would like to donate, clothes, kitchen or bath items, gift cards, etc. please email me at Adamaugust7@gmail.com with the subject line Donations for Tarec.









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Robin Ray
2 months ago
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@TZinzun GET OFF THIS PAGE YOU JERK!!!!!

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Matt DeBlassio
2 months ago
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4

TZinzun Eddie, I hope I get the chance to see what god has planned for you... you are a complete an total jerk. you are the lowest kind of human being. Good luck, you will need it...

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Ciera Ford
2 months ago
3
3

If you read the story it will tell you he lost his job because he was living in a tent and was unable to shower. I'm sure once he gets a place and situated he will find another job. God bless these two men.

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TZinzun Eddie
2 months ago
2
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LOOK AND READ MATT DEBLASSIO - 1ST OF ALL NO ONE IS BORN HOMELESS!! THE THINGS YOU DO IN LIFE TAKE YOU STRAIGHT TO WHAT YOUDESERVE. IF PEOPLE DECIDE TO GET A JOB NO ONE WILL REJECT THE OPPORTUNITY UNLESS THEY DON'T WANT TO WORK. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS OF JOBS EVERY WHERE SO GOD GIVES US WHAT WE DESERVE AND WHAT WE LOOKED FOR SO ULTIMATELY IT'S UP TO US TO PROVIDE FOR OURSELVES NOT SOME BULLSHIT GO FUND ME ACCOUNT THAT MAKES IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ADVATAGE OF DUMB ASSES LIKE YOU.

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Adam August
2 months ago
1
1

Thank you all so much for your generous donations!! I will continue to keep everyone up to date on my Facebook. Please feel free to follow me :) Thank you!!!

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Courtney Des Marais
2 months ago
1
1

i'm all for second chances and helping others out, but he needs to get out of marin county. i just recently moved from there and i could barely make ends meet with my college education and salaried job.

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Wally Smith
2 months ago
1
1

Do you really believe he lives on the street with a tarp to cover him in the rain and cold so he can avoid a job, home and food? Does he look like a guy who expects everything to be given to him? Was his master plan to sleep on the street until a good samaritan and news crew showed up to help him? Do you know most of these homeless people that prefer to sleep in the rainy streets versus getting paid in a warm building?

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TZinzun Eddie
2 months ago
1
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want to work for whatever reason so why help someone who doesn't want to help themselves?

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TZinzun Eddie
2 months ago
1
1

Seriously I've seen this on the news and the good Samaritan offered to get the homeless person a job and after he was able to get him a job the homeless guy never showed up ... This is bull shit that people ask for help and nothing is appreciated why offer to fund this guy if he only wants to live off the money you people give him? No wonder America is that way it is because of people like that who don't value others and just expect everything to be given to them .. Open your eyes People most of these homeless people don't

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Eric Nygaard
2 months ago

Let me rephrase that I am in college and need help for my family. Tuition is so expensive. #Ericstriptoperu

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Noisette Sévigné Mistral
2 months ago

I don't get it. ...how/why did he not get the job in the end??? Is it because he doesn't have a home yet???? What happened? ? Please answer to this. Thanks xx

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Horace Freeman
2 months ago

The devil will always try to destroy beautiful and good things. That's what he does, so don't be surprised, expect him, identify him and call him out. He hates that! Thanks Adam, from another Jamaican.

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Horace Freeman
2 months ago

I think some counseling maybe a good idea, if possible. (For Tarec not TZinzun).

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Eric Nygaard
2 months ago

I'm trying to better myself by trying to go to college and have not received a single dollar yet he get over $8000 in five days! Guess I'll go back to living on the street. It pays better.

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$16,554 of $25k goal

Raised by 421 people in 2 months
Created February 2, 2017
Adam August  
on behalf of Tarec Atkinson
EK
$100
Ernest Koh
4 days ago

All the best to you, Tarec!

$25
Anonymous
5 days ago
EQ
$20
Emilio Quintanilla
5 days ago

We need to help each other

$10
Anonymous
18 days ago
CR
$10
Chelsea R
20 days ago

God bless you, Tarec!

$18
Anonymous
21 days ago
$20
Anonymous
24 days ago
JH
$100
Jennifer Hsu
27 days ago
1
1
SP
$20
Shirley Pichardo
28 days ago
$25
Anonymous
28 days ago
Robin Ray
2 months ago
7
7

@TZinzun GET OFF THIS PAGE YOU JERK!!!!!

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Matt DeBlassio
2 months ago
4
4

TZinzun Eddie, I hope I get the chance to see what god has planned for you... you are a complete an total jerk. you are the lowest kind of human being. Good luck, you will need it...

+ Read More
Ciera Ford
2 months ago
3
3

If you read the story it will tell you he lost his job because he was living in a tent and was unable to shower. I'm sure once he gets a place and situated he will find another job. God bless these two men.

+ Read More
TZinzun Eddie
2 months ago
2
2

LOOK AND READ MATT DEBLASSIO - 1ST OF ALL NO ONE IS BORN HOMELESS!! THE THINGS YOU DO IN LIFE TAKE YOU STRAIGHT TO WHAT YOUDESERVE. IF PEOPLE DECIDE TO GET A JOB NO ONE WILL REJECT THE OPPORTUNITY UNLESS THEY DON'T WANT TO WORK. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS OF JOBS EVERY WHERE SO GOD GIVES US WHAT WE DESERVE AND WHAT WE LOOKED FOR SO ULTIMATELY IT'S UP TO US TO PROVIDE FOR OURSELVES NOT SOME BULLSHIT GO FUND ME ACCOUNT THAT MAKES IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ADVATAGE OF DUMB ASSES LIKE YOU.

+ Read More
Adam August
2 months ago
1
1

Thank you all so much for your generous donations!! I will continue to keep everyone up to date on my Facebook. Please feel free to follow me :) Thank you!!!

+ Read More
Courtney Des Marais
2 months ago
1
1

i'm all for second chances and helping others out, but he needs to get out of marin county. i just recently moved from there and i could barely make ends meet with my college education and salaried job.

+ Read More
Wally Smith
2 months ago
1
1

Do you really believe he lives on the street with a tarp to cover him in the rain and cold so he can avoid a job, home and food? Does he look like a guy who expects everything to be given to him? Was his master plan to sleep on the street until a good samaritan and news crew showed up to help him? Do you know most of these homeless people that prefer to sleep in the rainy streets versus getting paid in a warm building?

+ Read More
TZinzun Eddie
2 months ago
1
1

want to work for whatever reason so why help someone who doesn't want to help themselves?

+ Read More
TZinzun Eddie
2 months ago
1
1

Seriously I've seen this on the news and the good Samaritan offered to get the homeless person a job and after he was able to get him a job the homeless guy never showed up ... This is bull shit that people ask for help and nothing is appreciated why offer to fund this guy if he only wants to live off the money you people give him? No wonder America is that way it is because of people like that who don't value others and just expect everything to be given to them .. Open your eyes People most of these homeless people don't

+ Read More
Eric Nygaard
2 months ago

Let me rephrase that I am in college and need help for my family. Tuition is so expensive. #Ericstriptoperu

+ Read More
Noisette Sévigné Mistral
2 months ago

I don't get it. ...how/why did he not get the job in the end??? Is it because he doesn't have a home yet???? What happened? ? Please answer to this. Thanks xx

+ Read More
Horace Freeman
2 months ago

The devil will always try to destroy beautiful and good things. That's what he does, so don't be surprised, expect him, identify him and call him out. He hates that! Thanks Adam, from another Jamaican.

+ Read More
Horace Freeman
2 months ago

I think some counseling maybe a good idea, if possible. (For Tarec not TZinzun).

+ Read More
Eric Nygaard
2 months ago

I'm trying to better myself by trying to go to college and have not received a single dollar yet he get over $8000 in five days! Guess I'll go back to living on the street. It pays better.

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