If you’re homeless, going between houses of…

photo courtesy the Cleveland Plain Dealer

If you’re homeless, going between houses of friends and families, or just don’t have a stable home or school life, the prospect of college is probably far from your mind. Attending a local university or college may seem impossible, let alone moving across the country to go to school at one of the most prestigious schools in the nation. Unlikely as it seems, David Boone, a recent high school grad who never gave up on school despite his family struggles and periods of homelessness that sometimes involved sleeping in the local parks, was recently accepted into Harvard University.


I know: that’s one-in-a-million. At least, you wouldn’t bet on it happening again, right? Turns out it’s actually happened a few times in the last ten years. Khadijah Williams from Los Angeles and Liz Murray of New York City both experienced homelessness as teenagers and willed themselves into college with academic determination. Obviously, it’s not that easy, and I don’t mean to make it sound that way. These individuals had major support from family, friends, school personnel, and compassionate community members. It took a whole community of people to make these stories successes.


On his choice to not give up, David said, “I wanted to be in a position to have options to do what I want to do.” He sought help from his teachers, his friends, and school administrators. Here at the National Runaway Switchboard, we are a starting point for you or someone you know who is looking for help, searching for resources, or simply needs someone to listen.


– Colin