From skid row to become a university graduate, Kenneth Chancey’s journey of triumph
It was just a few years ago when Kenneth Chancey was a homeless high school student staying on skid row in Los Angeles. But, time has changed. 23-year-old Kenneth is now a graduate from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in political science. For Kenneth Chancey, the journey was not at all smooth, but his goals weren’t completely out of reach, in spite of difficulties.
I climbed here barehanded, and yes, it was harder than most people who are given resources, parental support. But it’s not impossible. Said Kenneth Chancey.
Kenneth Chancey was homeless at the age of 11. He spent some time in the foster care. Even he had to sleep on buses. Eventually, he began staying at Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter on skid row, along with his father and sister. He managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA. Later, Kenneth Chancey went on to attend college with the help of some scholarships.
I slept on the bus to downtown, to Santa Monica, and then back to downtown. That still makes me emotional now, but no one should have to experience that. That’s the hard part.
This graduate, who was once homeless, has already received several job offers. Kenneth is entering into a new phase of his life and he hopes that his story will challenge people’s perceptions about homelessness.
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