Eddie Roberts, guitarist of UK funk band The New Mastersounds, decided to start a series of benefit concerts to focus on various homeless issues in the US. Having lived for a period of time in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco and feeling a real sense of connection and community, he was personally touched by the homeless situation, including the ignorance of the reality surrounding the issue. Eddie decided to join his music with artists and organizations that are working to make a difference in the lives of others.
Eddie Roberts asked Positive Legacy to be a partner of The Payback in San Francisco in September of 2014. The event was a huge success and raised $26,000 for Compass Family Services, an organization dedicated to supporting San Francisco’s vulnerable and homeless families. Compass Family Services helps homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being, and self-sufficiency. Each year, Compass Family Services supports approximately 5,000 children and parents, 90 percent of whom are below the federal poverty line, and 50 percent of whom are under 18 years of age. The majority of their clients are single mothers with one or two children.
Since the San Francisco Payback, Positive Legacy and Eddie Roberts partnered together again to host The Payback Denver in March of 2015. The Denver Payback benefitted Denver’s Road Home and Denver Public Schools Foundation which services the 2,000 school children currently identified as homeless in Denver.