John recalls his strong desire to quit school just a couple of months into his senior year in September 2016. He was rapidly falling behind in class; homework and life overall were hard. He remembers feeling like there was no point to keep pushing to finish, except for a persistent voice in his head that said, "I really want to graduate."
For Jane, a homeless sophomore student attending Newport Harbor High School (NHHS), living doubled up in a two-bedroom apartment with her mother, her two siblings, her uncle, her cousin, and another tenant caused strain and stress on her education. With a little hope, she is now making strides at school.
Christina, a homeless student attending Newport Harbor High School (NHHS), lives doubled up with family members. The youth and her sister say goodnight from their living room. Before joining our Promotor Pathway Program, Christina barely ate some days—as she did not qualify for the free lunch program at school.
High school serves as a transformational period of academic, social, and personal growth, and is challenging enough without added obstacles. For Nick, moving from stability to homelessness during his sophomore year prompted years of struggle and uncertainty. Today, he's a motivated and hardworking college student in Orange County.
For weeks Francesca, Don, and their three children crammed their lives into a friend’s living room. They felt the scarce amounts of privacy and space that they had come to cherish in their old home further diminish. Affording first and last month's rent, as well as deposit, for their own space seemed impossible.