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Homeless man who lost his two jobs returns to school to start over, graduates as best student

A determined homeless man named Micheal Jeffrey who lost his home and job due to the pandemic, returned to school and eventually graduated as the best graduating student in his class.

Micheal Jeffrey, a Washington resident lost his two jobs and home during the COVID-19 pandemic which left him with no choice than to live in a tent under a bridge. He said the period was very tough one for him.

Despite the challenges, Micheal said he did not give up but instead, he decided to pursue a better future. He enrolled in classes at the Goodwill Excel Center, a free high school program for adults, while still living on the streets.

“I didn’t want to be stuck out here. I don’t wish this on anybody, to be stuck out here,” Jeffrey said in an interview with NBC 4 Washington. “We don’t want pity. A lot of people in this situation is just like me. We want better; we want more,” he added.

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Micheal said after a year of hard work and determination, his efforts paid off. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class and before graduation, he vacated the tent and moved into a new apartment.

He thanked the Goodwill Excel Center for giving him a second chance to get a better future.“A lot of people don’t get that second chance, and Goodwill allowed that second chance for me, and I appreciate that,” he said.

Micheal said that now that he has his high school diploma in hand, he plans to further his education to a higher level. He said he has enrolled at Catholic University with plans to study legal studies.

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Micheal added that he will be proceeding to law school afterward. “I’m studying legal studies, who would’ve thought that I would be studying legal studies, right? There was no hope in this tent, but I found it, so you see how far I’ve came and how far I will get,” he said.

 

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