Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Corbitt.
Hi Hunter, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Back in 2017, I went on a trip to the Tenderloin District in the heart of San Fransisco for a week to serve and work with the people experiencing homelessness in the area. During this trip, we worked with an organization called City Impact and was able to deliver meals, build relationships, and learn what it’s like for people to be living on the streets. My heart broke for the people living in the Tenderloin — I knew that I had to use my privilege I have been blessed with to help people. When we got back home, I got together with some friends and we started putting together hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness in my hometown of Sacramento. Since then, we have developed into a street outreach program that serves the people in the Sacramento and Los Angeles area with meals, hygiene kits, and clothing items. Recently, we have launched a thrift store project called Two Denarii Thrift where we are taking a used shuttle bus and transforming it into a mobile thrift store to help employ homeless individuals and create long-lasting change and community development.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
To be completely honest, it has been most difficult to find volunteer support during our outreach. Homelessness in general comes with a lot of stereotypes, such as people being violent or aggressive. In my experience, I have found that there is a general fear between the public and the homeless population. This is a barrier that we as an organization continue to try to take down and remind people that homeless people are still human. With our volunteers, we try to instill an attitude of humbleness. No matter who you are talking to, you have to treat the other person as an equal. That is the only way we can begin taking down this barrier of fear.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Humanity Reboxed exists to intervene on the cycle of poverty through individual relationships, rehabilitation, and community development.We strive… to provide immediate relief to those experiencing homelessness in crisis; to cater to the rehabilitation needs of a homeless person;to provide emotional and spiritual support through interaction; to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that benefit those in need. We are most proud of the way we are able to build friendships on our outreaches. About once a month, we get a group of volunteers together and go into an area that has a high population of homeless individuals.
During outreach, we give out meals, hygiene kits, and clothing. But the main goal of an outreach is to build a relationship with someone. Many homeless individuals struggle with loneliness, and if we are able to provide a person with meaningful conversation, we know we made a difference. In the latter half of 2020, we launched a mobile thrift store called Two Denarii. This thrift store works out of a renovated shuttle bus and uses the proceeds to employ people experiencing homelessness. Not only does this program help get people back to work, but it helps create a life-term impact on communities. We as a society need to start treating homeless people like that are actually human. That person with a cardboard sign on the side of the road once had a family, and no matter their background, they deserve to be treated as human.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Personally, I feel like, in any kind of community work, there is a certain level of risk involved. In our work, we sometimes run into a person who is mentally unstable that can end up being a danger to the people in the area. This can sometimes be very scary, but the reward of helping people outweigh the risks we take. As an old friend once told me, ‘if you feel like you aren’t taking much risk to help people, you aren’t helping enough.”
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