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Sam Ross

Since the age of seven, Sam has been searching for acceptance. He never expected he would find that connection through a tiny strand of beads. Sam can still remember the moment when he realized he wouldn’t be seeing his mother much anymore. When his parents separated, Sam moved to Virginia

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Shandell Johnson

Shandell Johnson, 41, has been on a long journey, but he has finally found his way home. Shandell grew up in Washington, D.C. He moved around a lot and as a result, he attended three different high schools.  “It was hard,” he said, “but life is what you make of

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Sylvia Randolph

Sylvia Randolph, 41, wasn’t planning on going to college, but a friend helped her get into the James Baldwin Program at Hampshire College in MA. This one year college prep program launched Sylvia into her lifelong pursuit of academic knowledge. Sylvia started the program in 1995, took a break from

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Tony Jones – part 1

(This story first aired on ABCNews on December 27, 2015. You can read it here or watch it.) Army veteran Tony Jones has been homeless for nearly a decade, living in a tent in a small patch of wilderness in Southeast Washington, DC. “If it wasn’t for basic training, I wouldn’t

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Tony Jones – part 2

Tony Jones is doing great in his new apartment. Jon Karl went to visit and get caught up. You can watch the story that aired on March 27, 2016 on ABCNews.

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