In tech, angels are people with deep pockets who fund startups. In the real world, people who do actual good with their money often receive the same heavenly moniker.
With nothing more than a checkbook and a good heart, motivational speaker Tony Robbins — who made a name for himself, along with tens of millions of dollars, trying to help people better themselves — came to the aid last week of another Bay Area resident facing eviction.
This time it was Georgia Rothrock, an 85-year-old Burlingame resident. Last month it was two French nuns who run a soup kitchen to feed homeless people.
[jump] Rothrock had been rooming with her friend, Marie Hatch, for 32 years before Hatch died in March. Hatch had lived in the Burlingame cottage for 66 years, apparently under a handshake lifetime lease deal, according to the Chronicle.
That deal was made between Hatch and several women who owned the home over the years, the last of which was current landlord David Kantz’s late wife. Hatch was challenging the eviction when she herself passed away. Robbins had been helping Hatch before she died, according to a statement from Kantz.
Despite the resolution — Robbins gift consists of some $50,000 paid out in monthly installments for a decade — Rothrock will indeed have to move. She found a place in Belmont at a housing complex for seniors, and the money from Robbins will bridge the gap between her living expenses and Social Security income.
As for Kantz, he gets an empty property that will certainly be more lucrative no matter what’s done with it now that its longtime tenants are gone. In 2015, median home sales prices in Burlingame had increased 20 percent year over year to more than $1.8 million.
However, Kantz is still facing a lawsuit from Hatch and her son contending breach of contract and elder abuse, according to the Chronicle.
As for Robbins, he could probably win a mayor’s race in San Francisco or any city in the Bay Area after this latest act of kindness.
He was already a local favorite for his efforts to buy a new property for two nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen so they could continue feeding homeless residents. After the kitchen was evicted from its longtime Tenderloin property, where the nuns also lived, Robbins first agreed to pay their rent for a year, then just decided to buy them their own property — for a cool $750,000 in cash.
It’s also appropriately located next to the homeless Navigation Center near the 16th Street BART station. And since the nuns also needed a new place to live, Robbins and friend paid $675,000 for a Bayview house for the pair, the Chronicle reported.
Now that, friends, is a true desire to promote the well-being of others. Bravo, Tony. Who will he save next?