I am a disabled veteran living on disability payments of $133/month. This time last year, I was homeless, living in my truck in the Walmart parking lot with my cat and my dog. Through the help of the Homeless Veterans program, I was able to get connected with resources at SFCC to go back to school, and I started taking online classes in the Business Management program. To do homework, I used free Wi-Fi in the McDonald’s parking lot, and I showered at the school Mon – Sat.
My first quarter was a struggle, but with the help of the SFCC Veterans Resource Center and the Goodwill program for homeless vets, I was finally able to get stable housing and got connected with food stamps and the campus food bank. By my second quarter, I was getting 4.0 grades in all my classes.
I continue to face ongoing health issues, but I am getting my life back on track, and I am so glad to be back in school. It is the main thing in my life that keeps me going. I am getting ready to graduate in the spring, and then will enroll in the bachelor’s of Applied Management program at SFCC with the eventual goal of completing my Master’s degree at Whitworth.
Life has taught me to work hard, and I am proud of what I have accomplished. I would encourage everyone to follow their dreams and go back to school—if I can do it, anyone can!