Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Najee Harris returned to the California homeless shelter earlier this month the place he stayed at occasions when he was a toddler to assist renovate the constructing and the grounds.

Harris partnered with the Lowe’s Home Team to convey new life to the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program in Richmond – positioned about 12 miles north of Oakland. He and greater than 100 volunteers eliminated the flooring, partitions, fences, gardens, play areas and veterans’ housing.

“It was good to go back. Obviously, some of the people there are still working. I went back with my mom too and my family. It was good to renovate some of the things that needed updating,” Harris informed Fox News in a latest interview.

Najee Harris with renovations at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program.

Najee Harris with renovations on the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program.

He mentioned he’s tried to go again to the shelter to assist out as a lot as he may. He held his draft get together in April earlier than the Steelers chosen him within the first spherical and after that took some youngsters on the shelter to see the San Francisco Giants.

“In Alabama, I didn’t really go there because I didn’t really have time to do that. Ever since I’ve been out of college … I’m not going to say all the time but a good amount. I planned my draft there, I came back again after the draft to see some of the stuff they need done. I came back again to take some of the kids to a Giants game,” he mentioned. “I came back for the Lowe’s thing to renovate some of the stuff too. I came back a good amount. Every time I’m home, I always go there.”

The group of volunteers took on a big renovation project

The group of volunteers took on a giant renovation challenge


When Harris was 12 years previous, his mom and 4 siblings had been homeless and moved from shelter to shelter across the Bay Area at one level even residing in a automobile. The Martinez, California, native would finally attend Alabama the place he would star at operating again, serving to the Crimson Tide to a nationwide championship after which get drafted twenty fourth total by the Steelers.

While visiting the shelter, Harris says he simply tries to preserve the youngsters’ minds off their struggles.

“I tell them the basic stuff, it’s not like I give some grand speech or something but you know,” he informed Fox News so far as the recommendation he would give them. “I tell them you can always change around the situation and sometimes I’m not even speaking to them about the situations they’re in because they all know where they’re at. I just try to take their minds off other things like I said, I took them to the Giants game. I might throw them a little party or something like that.”

The shelter serves 15,000 homeless each year.

The shelter serves 15,000 homeless annually.

Harris is now contending for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He and the Steelers have an essential divisional matchup Sunday towards the Cleveland Browns. Harris has 388 speeding yards, two speeding touchdowns and two receiving yards in 2021.