1. Anthony Tolbert
There was always a room available for anyone who needed it in Anthony Tolbert's
"As far back as I can remember, there was always someone staying at our house," he
That hospitality gave Tolbert
a sense of connection to others regardless of class, race, or income.
carrying the tradition forward by lending his
house to homeless families for year-long stays.
Tolbert, a student advisor and professor at UCLA School of Law, got the idea when he read about an Atlanta family, the Salwens, who sold their mansion, bought a more modest home, and donated half the profit from the sale to charity.
That, along with his
study of the Buddhist principles of compassion and material detachment, convinced Tolbert to move into the guest bedroom in his
parents' house so a homeless family with young children could live in his
comfortable three-bedroom house for the whole of 2012.
house to another family in 2013.
Tolbert expects to lend his house again next year, and he recently heard from a former law student who wants to lend her house to her homeless clients.
story will continue to inspire others to follow suit, just as the Salwen family's story inspired him.