A 100-year-old woman from Palm Desert, California has narrowly escaped homelessness, thanks to author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
Last week, Robbins offered to give Evelyn Heller $1,000 per month for the next two years to help cover her rent after reading about her story in the Desert Sun newspaper.
Heller was born in 1915.
“That’s the commitment I made,” Robbins told the Desert Sun. “I wanted her to not have to worry forever. At this stage in her life, it’s a joy for me to give her that sense of stability and security.”
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Heller’s landlord had evicted her after she had a loud, disruptive argument with one of her daughters, and ordered her to pay more than $1,500 in rent and legal fees.
Adult Protective Services found another apartment for Heller, who was due to be kicked out of her apartment by the police any day now.
“I’m grateful. What more can I say?” Heller said. “Strangers have been wonderful to me. That’s the story.”
Robbins had been in Palm Springs, where he owns a home, for a film festival when he saw Heller’s story was featured on the front page of the Desert Sun.
“I knew I wanted to help her,” Robbins said, describing how he felt when he read the story. “Something always can be done.”
Robbins wasn’t the only person who offered to help Heller. Readers of the paper offered to send small donations, a nursing home said that Heller could skip the waiting list, and a man from Georgia offered to give Heller a room in his house for free.
This isn’t the first time Robbins had written a check to the downtrodden he read about in the papers. In February, Robbins gave $25,000 to nuns who were about to have their soup kitchen closed down in San Francisco, and promised to give another $25,000 next year.