Jul 21, 2021
With a childhood defined by an almost endless barrage of abuse from the people closest to him, and an early adulthood filled with all manner of destructive coping mechanisms in response to those tragic early years, Khalil Rafati had a long road ahead of him to rewire his mind and direct his energy toward the good.
From a life of family trauma, homelessness, substance abuse, and at one point being a convicted felon, Khalil has completely transformed his life.
Today, Khalil is still addicted—only he has switched out the drugs and alcohol for superfoods and juices.
His passion for health led him to found SunLife Organics, a rapidly growing chain of health food cafés with locations in California, Texas, and Arizona. He shares his unique approach to service, which includes allowing his staff to offer items on the house if the customer has recently fallen on hard times.
“A lot of people come into SunLife not just for the human connection,” says Khalil. “A lot of people come into SunLife as a lighthouse in the storm.”
Beyond the smoothies, Khalil believes that SunLife’s customers come in to be loved, and his ultimate job is to shower them with the love, healing, and inspiration they crave.
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