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Anderson .Paak helps refugees have a “Fighting Chance” after surviving being homeless


ModeloAnderson .Paak begins his three-city “Fighting Chance” charity concert series tonight in San Francisco, and he’s determined to assist the needy after many people helped him survive being homeless.

The concerts in Frisco, Atlanta and New York City benefit the International Rescue Committee, which provides clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people around the world. 

Eight years ago, Paak was homeless in California with a wife and an infant son.

“I had a full family, my new born and my wife and I was trying to get her residency permit situated and everything, and I was trying to figure out how I was going to make money,” Paak tells ABC Audio.

The Grammy winner is grateful to many people who gave him what he and his family needed to survive.

“All I had was like a passion for music, but I didn’t necessarily have money or shelter or transportation and food,” he remembers. “It was a lot of people that helped give me resources and helped me get to the next step. Some people didn’t even have anything but they just had a little bit and they were like, cool, you can stay here.”

“I was able to get a lot of help and a lot of resources that I needed to just stay afloat,” the “Make It Better” singer continues. ”Having a place to stay, having food, transportation, and having a place to record my music were provided from other people helping me.” 

Now Paak is helping others in need with his concert series. Following tonight’s show in San Francisco, he performs November 15 in Atlanta, and November 17 in New York City.

Tickets for the concerts are available on the Modelo USA website.

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