The Homeless Teacher has learned a lot living on the streets, but he’s having a hard time processing something that happened recently.
You may remember reading about Homeless and Hungry back in August. My former coworker, Thomas Rebman, “the Homeless Teacher,” has been purposely living homeless off and on over the past year in 13 cities, including Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Pensacola, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix. He’s attended/presented at city council meetings in numerous cities and published articles in local newspapers to raise awareness of homelessness and the inadequacy and/or ineffectiveness of many homeless programs. The Homeless and Hungry Facebook page currently has 16,000 likes.
Rebman has also appeared on local TV news programs.
Julie (I’m not sure I have permission to share last names) saw Rebman on the news and mistakenly thought he was her boyfriend, Michael. Upon closer inspection, she realized that Rebman wasn’t her boyfriend but someone who looked very much like him. She told Michael. Since Michael was adopted and searching for possible siblings, he contacted Rebman.
Rebman, too, was adopted.
Rebman says on his Facebook page,
People say things happen for a reason. Maybe this whole homeless journey has been nothing more than a way to have us find each other.
The two men met today and have agreed to get a DNA test.