Home is where you hang your hat. Home is the birthplace for most of the memories you will create in your lifetime.
Home is where the heart is.
But for one Los Angeles, California lawyer, home is also a place that can be shared with those who need it more than he does.
The reason why 51-year-old Tony Tolbert has made headlines recently? Because he made the decision to leave his house and live with his parents for one full year, just so a homeless family can live there instead.
Tolbert, a professor at UCLA School of Law, originally came up with the idea after reading about a family from Atlanta who sold their mansion, bought a more modest home, and donated half the profit from the sale to charity.
But it was the memories of his youth that ultimately ignited the spark.
“As far back as I can remember, there was always someone staying at our house,” Tolbert says in an interview. And he says that hospitality connected him with complete strangers, regardless of race, social class, or income.
So Tolbert is now carrying on the tradition his family started all those years ago, opening up his home to homeless families for year-long stays.
Tolbert believes you don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. he says you can help others wherever we are, with whatever we have.
Tolbert has been lending his house to families for a full year since 2012. And it seems as if he may have started a movement, because he also heard from a former law student who has now started doing the same thing in her neighborhood.
Tolbert says he would love for his story to inspire others to do something similar.
Check out the following video interview with Tolbert to learn even more about this incredible man who continues to help keep the faith in humanity alive!