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By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Tony Robbins Saved These AWESOME Nuns For The Best Possible Reason.

The San Francisco Bay Area rates among the most expensive places to live in America, which is why you may find more people pinching their pennies than giving them away. But in the Tenderloin, a block considered to be one of the grittiest in town, you'll find a seed of inspiration: two French-speaking nuns, Sister Mary Benedicte and Sister Mary of the Angels, that prepare food for hundreds of homeless each week.

The sisters have been running their kitchen for 8 years. This past January, however, they were ordered to pay $5,500 per month – a 60% increase from their rent now – or face eviction. Although it's a hefty price for anyone to pay, their situation is especially difficult as their only source of income is made from selling pastries at a farmers' market. Sister Mary Valerie from their religious order's headquarters in Chicago flew in to help find a solution.

Enter in Tony Robbins, motivational speaker and author. He donated $25K to their cause after reading about it in the paper. Mary Valerie together with Robbins and his staff also sat down with the landlord's and the nuns' lawyers for a little chat. In the end, they struck a deal: the nuns would be able to stay for a year at their current rent.

Robbins was once homeless, too, but considered himself lucky because he at least had a car to lodge in. He explained that the experience changed the course of his life forever. Today, he works as an adviser for presidents and CEOS, runs a personal foundation, among a variety of generous and ambitious projects.

The sisters will use the money, along with another donation Robbins had promised to make in the near future, to move to another location. A few others have been following their story in the media and donated to help save their kitchen.

The nuns of Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen in San Francisco were facing a difficult situation: pay a higher rent or take a hike.

The nuns of Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen in San Francisco were facing a difficult situation: pay a higher rent or take a hike.

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They've dedicated 8 long years to serving displaced individuals from their kitchen.

They've dedicated 8 long years to serving displaced individuals from their kitchen.

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Sister Mary Valerie flew in from Chicago, where their religious order's headquarters are located, to help.

Sister Mary Valerie flew in from Chicago, where their religious order's headquarters are located, to help.

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Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, pictured right, also stepped into the picture.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, pictured right, also stepped into the picture.

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He sat in on a meeting that ended up in a deal to keep the nuns' rent at the current price and surprised them with a check for $25,000 to help with relocation costs.

He sat in on a meeting that ended up in a deal to keep the nuns' rent at the current price and surprised them with a check for $25,000 to help with relocation costs.

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Although he had never met the nuns, Robbins read about their ordeal in The Chronicle and felt moved. He was once on the streets himself.

Although he had never met the nuns, Robbins read about their ordeal in The Chronicle and felt moved. He was once on the streets himself.

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The check is only the start. Robbins plans on helping them find a new location and marketing their pastries to stabilize their income.

The check is only the start. Robbins plans on helping them find a new location and marketing their pastries to stabilize their income.

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“Thank you, Mr. Tony,” Mary Benedicte told him. "The homeless people are so sad, and we are here to love them. We have to find a way to keep doing that.”

“Thank you, Mr. Tony,” Mary Benedicte told him. "The homeless people are so sad, and we are here to love them. We have to find a way to keep doing that.”

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A few other individuals, including Marilyn Richardson who serves as president of a company in San Ramon, have set up donation funds for the ladies.

A few other individuals, including Marilyn Richardson who serves as president of a company in San Ramon, have set up donation funds for the ladies.

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“This is wonderful," Sister Mary Valerie said of the news. "Now we don’t have to be in the street."

“This is wonderful," Sister Mary Valerie said of the news. "Now we don’t have to be in the street."

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You can learn more about the nuns' work by visiting their official Facebook page. To donate, click here.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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