How Thirty Dollars Changed A Homeless Man's Life

Kansas Native works his way out of homelessness - and into college

. A common misconception about the less fortunate and homeless is that they are too lazy to work - however the story of Joshua Woods disproves this notion. 

In December of 2015, Woods graduated from Wichita State. But before Woods achieved his goals, his sister's floor was his only home. Woods' parents had passed away when he was young, leaving him devastated. "Stupid" and "slow" were the words that his teachers used to describe him. Although "he felt like [he] wasn't dealt a good hand to begin with", he didn't let his adversity overcome him. Woods used the last $30 that he had to apply to Wichita State, and was accepted. 

He took overnight shifts at a grocery store to support himself in college. With no money for a car - and his job finishing an hour before class started - he would run five miles to school every morning. When walking across the stage to accept his communications degree, Woods was overcome with emotion. "To be considered stupid all your life and you graduate from college with a bachelor's degree...I don't know about anyone else, but it was a triumph for me." Woods also told Fox News Chicago to "Keep running, keep [on] running, don't stop." Woods finished his last semester with a 4.0 GPA, and plans to start a career in journalism.  
A lover of travel, culture, and the art of story telling, Naidine Escoffery is a freelance journalist. Currently evolving as an undergraduate student, her life experiences allow her to adapt to any situation. Through her news website (, Naidine hopes to share current events from her worlds (West Africa and England) with the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id="default-sidebar"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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