Good People Doing Good Things – Rob & Reece Scheer

This week, good people have been dropping into my lap!  No, not literally … that is actually Princess Nala you see on my lap.  But several times in the past week I have come across stories about good people.  This morning, I would like to introduce you to two of those good people:  Rob Scheer, and his husband Reece. Rob and Reece ScheeerRob Scheer was raised in an abusive household where his parents, both alcoholics and drug addicts, thought it was great fun to hold guns to their children’s heads from time to time.  When he was ten-years-old, his parents died and Rob was placed in foster care, carrying all his worldly belongings in a trash bag.  Rob was determined to rise above his beginnings, to define his own path in life.

At age 18, as typically happens with foster kids, Rob found himself homeless.  Not knowing what else to do, he joined the military.  When he got out, he took an office job and over the next decade and a half, successfully climbed the corporate ladder.  When he and Reece were married, they both knew they wanted to be dads … and they planned to adopt a child … one child … through the foster care system.  Well, you all know that saying, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”?  The first child available was actually two children, a sister and brother, Amaya and Makai.  And then before long, there were two more, Tristan and Greyson!  Even though Rob and Reece had planned to adopt only one child, they adopted all four, all but Amaya being under the age of two! Scheer-2One of the children, Makai, was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and had special needs.  Reece came across an article that said children with FAS seemed to recover when they were raised around animals and in fresh air.  So what did Rob & Reece do?  Why, they bought a farm, of course!  But not just a farm … they also bought goats and chickens and ducks!  They are an amazing family, each child knowing beyond a doubt that he or she is loved and wanted.Scheer-1And while adopting those four gorgeous children, buying a farm, and loving them so much would be enough to qualify them as ‘good people’ in my book, the story doesn’t end there!  Rob was disturbed when, some 30 years after his own horrific experience of his first foster home and that garbage bag with his belongings, all four of his kids came to them in the exact same way … with their meager belongings in a garbage bag.  This weighed heavily on Rob’s mind, and he decided to take the bull by the horns, to do something to change it, and he started a non-profit called Comfort Cases.

“I couldn’t believe it. The trash bag that I had carried so many years prior to that had found its way back into my life. It’s just not acceptable that any child should carry their belongings in something that we all throw our trash in and dispose of.”

At this point, I want to let Rob tell you a bit about himself, the family, and Comfort Cases …

Part of the mission statement of Comfort Cases reads …

“At Comfort Cases we believe that every child deserves to feel a sense of dignity.  Every child deserves to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their own.  It is our mission as a charity to provide a proper bag, filled with comfort and essential items, to these brave youth in foster care on their journey to find their forever home.”Scheer clan on Ellen

Recently Rob & Reece were featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  I cannot embed the clip, but here is a link and I will tell you … you won’t regret seeing this and there won’t likely be a dry eye in the house!   At the end  of the segment, Ellen surprised the men with a check for $10,000 and $40,000 worth of luggage cases donated by Samsonite.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Rob and Reece through these two video clips … I think they are awesome men!  Meanwhile, two-thumbs up to Rob and Reece Scheer, two men who have done and continue to do good things for foster children!

47 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things – Rob & Reece Scheer

  1. Jill, Rob and Reece show true compassion to those in need. Their actions should be highlighted to all.

    The lesson you note that kids aging out of foster care are at greater risk of being homelessness than other aging kids is unfortunately true. Programs to help aging out foster kids are of value.

    Thanks for sharing this terrific story of help and overcoming strife. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! These two men impressed me beyond words. I worked with a man once, a truck driver, who took foster children … for no reason other than the money. He and his wife cared little for the children and at one time I believe they had as many as 10. There is something wrong with a system that allows such abuses, especially when dealing with the most vulnerable of our population.

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  2. After reading your heartwarming post and watching both videos, I can barely see the computer screen or keyboard through the tears flowing from my eyes. They are the embodiment of what every person should aspire to become. What a marvelous story, I love happy endings! Thank-you!

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  3. Dear Jill,

    You can’t help but love these two men Rob Scheer, and his husband Reece with their generous hearts and great family. The farm with lots of animals is a great way to raise children. Their reaching out to help other foster children is just plain inspiring.

    I always have tears when I read these stories but it is comforting to know that there are good people out there.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  4. I had tears in my eyes throughout the video…………..and feel so blessed to read about these wonderful men. Thank you. Am reblogging this on FB and Twitter…oh, and on my blog too!

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  5. Wonderful. I read about Rob before. “The trash bag that I had carried so many years prior to that had found its way back into my life” That line really stayed with me.

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  6. You do realize that you are also one of the “Good People” if for no other reason than you keep reminding us that there are good people out there doing good things. We need that reminder in these bleak Trumping days. THANK YOU!

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