Khalil Rafiti, 46, is the founder of the SunLife Organics chain In just five years, he has expanded his business to six locations But he once was a homeless convicted felon who lived on Skid RowRafiti became clean and opened up a sober living house in 2007. It was there that he began making his smoothies for patientsWord spread and soon people were visiting just to get his juices.
Thirteen years ago, Khalil Rafati was homeless, addicted to heroin and living in Los Angeles’ notorious Skid Row. He was emaciated, covered in ulcers, and 106 pounds.Today he’s a millionaire. Rafati is the owner of SunLife Organics, a juice bar chain that has spread from its birthplace in sunny Malibu to six different locations in Los Angeles. The juice bar, whose regulars include David Duchovny and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, has become famous for the long lines of people waiting to purchase drinks with names like ‘The Elixir of Life’ and ‘The Happy’.In just five short years Rafati, now 46, has created a juice empire built on the very drinks that he credits with saving his own life.
Rafati became dedicated to his health and sobriety, but the real moment his life changed was when a friend introduced him to ‘juicing and superfoods’.’The results were remarkable and instantaneous,’ he told Sober Recovery.Rafati began making his own juices for patients and staff at the Riviera Recovery Center, a sober living house he opened in Malibu in 2007.