The Lawrence siblings who grew up struggling with homelessness have graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, New York.
The Lawrence sisters who are between the ages of 19 and 25 are siblings from New York who lost their homes in 2013. From then on, their family moved from one relative or friend’s house to another,
“It was challenging. There were a lot of very bumpy, depressing times,” 24-year-old Lauren, one of the Lawrence sisters told People.
Two years into their family’s ordeal, their father, David Lawrence told his daughter who had been struggling to attend school due to their constant moving that he did not want their situation to keep them from getting an education.
David enrolled his six oldest daughters in a homeschool program with hopes of earning their General Educational Development certificate. “He didn’t want what we were going through to hold us back,” 25-year-old Dominique said.
The Lawrence sisters defied the odds, earned their GEDs, and went on to attend Nassau Community College. After graduating from college, they bagged their bachelor’s degrees in Public Health from SUNY Old Westbury, New York.
“It’s been quite an adventure. But what really pulled us through is our faith in God and in each other,” 22-year-old Danielle said. “
Their father, David said he is very proud of his daughters who made their dream come true despite all the challenges of their uncertain childhood.“I’m so happy they’ve done this together. I always tell them, ‘Life’s not fair. And when it throws you a curveball, you gotta adjust to it and keep going,” he said.
The six Lawrence siblings are currently studying for their master’s program in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and plan to attend nursing school afterward.