RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) — Late Thursday afternoon, for a brief few minutes, one of the top NFL prospects, Najee Harris stopped by the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) shelter in Richmond, to greet residents and staff as they prepared to watch the much-anticipated draft.

“That little time we had helped my family out to find another place to stay so just giving back to communities and giving back to places like this means a lot to me,” explained Harris who was raised in the East Bay.

What many don’t realize is that in 2010 when Harris was only 12 years old, he and his family, four siblings and his parents, spent time at the shelter.

“Just to see him as a grown man with this kind of opportunity for him today and to know that he lived in this shelter among many other places their family had to move around and lives as a homeless man just speaks to the anything is possible,” said Kathleen Sullivan, executive director of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program.