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Calvin

A Door Opens – Calvin’s Story, Part 2

“Something happens to a man who has nowhere to call home. Everyone treats him like dirt, and he begins to believe them.” After more than a decade of crack addiction, for the first time, Calvin did not know where he was going to sleep at night. There was no more money for rent. There were…

Maryama

Success at School

“If I know English, I can work, talk anywhere to anyone, fill out applications, do anything–and this is what I most want.” Originally from rural Somalia, Maryama arrived in the United States as a refugee in 2010. She boarded a plan on one side of the world, and when she got off, she was 7500…

Calvin

Things Fall Apart – Calvin’s Story, Part 1

“Without Our Saviour’s Housing, I’d either be in jail, dead, or walking around crazed. Like it says–Our Saviour’s. It really saved me.” Life was good for Calvin. He had a stable job and made enough money to help support his mom and brothers financially. On weekends, he indulged his culinary interests, hosting elaborate dinner parties…

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For the Love of a Sister

“I truly believe they are progressing faster because they are tutoring each other.” Hodan and Sawda are much more than classmates. They are also sisters and best friends. At ages 23 and 24, they claim that they have never fought. In fact, they can’t even imagine sisters fighting! If you have a sibling, you might…

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