• Local teacher returns home after month-long homeless experiment


    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County teacher who lived on the streets for a month to bring more awareness about homelessness returned home Sunday night.

    Thomas Rebman said he was ready to spend time with this family and to get back to a normal life, but most of all he said he was ready to once again feel safe.

    Rebman said although it’s been a tough month, he feels as though he’s walking away a better person.

    He said he now has a broader perspective on what it means to be homeless.

    “Every myth that I thought about homelessness was busted. They’re not all drug addicts. As a matter of fact there’s less drug users in the homeless community than there is in society,” Rebman said.

    Rebman made friends with members of the homeless community in Orlando and spent nights in different shelters.

    He started the project to spread awareness about homelessness and to inspire his students while raising money for some local charities.

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