For more than 100 years, Los Angeles’ Union Rescue Mission has been a refuge for homeless families.
At night, women and children fill the bunk beds on the shelter’s fourth floor, a safe place for those who don’t have a home of their own.
Submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship.
Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application, and how the money will be used.
And no one in her family had ever gone to college until her children did.
The purpose of the Catherine Mc Auley Scholarship is to improve the life of a homeless child through education.
“Who wouldn’t want to escape that kind of life in Skid Row or in the shelters to come to this? “That’s what I focused on.” Khadijah never stopped believing education was her ticket to happiness.
Last May, she graduated from Jefferson High with honors.
Khadijah, a young woman from California, spent many nights doing her homework in one of these beds.
She wrote English essays, practiced math problems and studied for exams until the lights went out at 10 p.m.