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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…

Tim

A Pathway to Positivity

“I felt that I belonged somewhere. That someone cared about me. It’s great to be surrounded by positive-minded people.” Always cheerful with a smile on his face, Tim exudes hopefulness. With a lot to look forward to in coming months, he has good reason. But that wasn’t always the case. Tim’s journey into homelessness is…

Dario

Cruising to Minnesota

“Here is perfect. It’s the best place I’ve been in my life to learn.” By the time Dario arrived in Minnesota at the age of 25, he’d already traveled much of the world. On a cruise ship. Dario started working at a young age in his home country of the Dominican  Republic. School, he says,…

Skyler

Getting Back to Dad

“[They] made me feel welcomed. It was nice just to have somewhere to go, where nobody judged you. It was the first time anyone had really spoken to me since I became homeless.” Before anything else, Skyler is a dad. You can tell within 5 minutes of meeting him, hearing him talk about his 5-year-old…

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