Seattle Times: ‘Shark Tank’ Star Robert Herjavec Owes a Debt of Gratitude to a Homeless Shelter in Seattle

By February 22, 2019 February 25th, 2019 In the News

Seattle Times columnist

Herjavec’s relationship with the Union Gospel Mission has continued to this day.

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One rainy night in 2014, a homeless man, an outreach worker and a multimillionaire sat on a patch of grass beside a church in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The homeless man told his story, of losing his way and losing everything. How did he end up here?

The outreach worker — a former meth addict who had gotten off the streets just the year before — listened and nodded.

And Robert Herjavec, who had built a $200 million fortune in cybersecurity, and a star on the reality show “Shark Tank,” burst into tears.

“It was hard,” Herjavec remembered of that night five years ago. “This person just didn’t want to go on any more. It amazes me how little some people have in life and how void of love and humanity there can be in the world.”

On Wednesday, Herjavec returned to the Union Gospel Mission (UGM), a shelter in Pioneer Square, to reconnect with the place that took in “a broken man,” and put him to work for two weeks, serving a community that he knew little about.

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