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My life I didn't know what it would be able don't think that's the way things -- running -- months.
But this is what we wanna do -- -- When -- like -- he really don't feel what it's like Indiana streets.
Take a look our next guest is self made millionaire and real estate mogul he's also described as a risk taker.
He recently ditched his affluent lifestyle for life on the -- even going so far as to spend the night and -- concrete bed under a bridge.
-- genie is joining us now from Fort Lauderdale, Florida tell us why he's been trading places with the homeless and why he's so passionate.
About making a difference frank great to see you.
Good to be back it's been a failure to since I was with you yeah I didn't even during a lot since we last spoke you recently completed the survival with rival tour as you called it.
Going to different cities where you learn firsthand what it's like to be homeless.
What did you come away with what did you learn.
Well -- my book the -- that -- you had a little while ago started picking up steam and we had never toward that book and so we decided to go instead -- to bookstores we went to.
Homeless shelters soup kitchens and food pantries across the country sixteen cities.
24 days over 4100 miles and in instead of that typical -- -- book tour.
I swapped places with a homeless person in every one of those cities and and most of the -- our charity does is over in Haiti but this time we felt that America was really hurting especially the indigent.
Especially those who care for the indigent but -- homeless shelters in the we're shutting down so you're -- person.
Your whole bushel -- shut down where you go.
-- which in each city that we went to we made donations to each homeless shelter we gave out thousands of gift cards.
And that last piece where I took somebody who was showing some signs of improving their life.
And they swapped places with me they slept in a very nice hotel -- my tour bus while I slipped underneath.
The overpasses I just saw there in park on park benches and homeless shelters across the country very impact will experience and that's been quite sobering what ran through your mind as you spent the night an average.
Well you know lots there's 46 million Americans that are at -- below poverty that's that one paycheck away that meant a group of people there's a million people now living on the streets of America 3% -- population.
I don't believe in the entitlement mentality I do not believe in the welfare mentality I wanted to get -- -- show people who wore down and almost out.
Not to give up hope not to lose hope and America.
And lets you know.
Let's show you if you keep trying to turn your life around like a lot of these people were they it's why they were chosen by the care giving organizations the swap places places with me.
There the poster child for success in this country and you can turn it around.
Now for me.
I think anybody watching this you could endure one night knowing that the next day you're on the tour -- going the next city but I tell you at some of the places I stayed.
Where right you know kind of grew a beer tonight I didn't look like this it was it was it would cause for me to stop her -- any bad habit.
And get out of you know the unemployment line and get to work get you don't take advantage of free enterprise and capitalism that this country's been built upon.
And I I you know we talk about culture shock you -- to ten times I swap places with a homeless person and I tell you that they were very grateful for the opportunity but at the same time I was very you know very moved by -- not not giving up hope most people lost everything I wanna do is quite inspiring what you done and I securities -- -- worked so -- we wish you all the best of that because I know you're doing fantastic work with the homeless.
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