6 Homeless Sisters Are On Their Way To Becoming Nurses

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Six sisters who have spent the past decade homeless are all striving to become nurses.

In 2013, the Lawrence sisters' childhoods took a turn when their parents, David and Yonette, lost their home in Queens, New York. The siblings began hopping from one loved one's home to their next, struggling to attend school amid all the moving.

“It was challenging,” Lauren, now 24, told People. “There were a lot of very bumpy, depressing times.”

David said he didn't want to their situation to stop the sisters from getting an education. While the sisters were in their late elementary to middle school years, their parents enrolled them in a homeschool program.

“He didn’t want what we were going through to hold us back," Dominique, 25, told People.

The six oldest Lawrence sisters earned their GEDs in 2019 and attended Nassau Community College on Long Island together. They graduated from the community college two years later and went on to enroll in SUNY Old Westbury, where they are set to earn degrees in public health in May.

“It’s been quite an adventure,” Danielle, 22, said. “But what really pulled us through is our faith in God and in each other.”

The sisters also began a master's program in public health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in August. After finishing, they plan to take on nursing school.

“I’m so happy they’ve done this together,” David said. “I always tell them, ‘Life’s not fair. And when it throws you a curveball, you gotta adjust to it and keep going.’”

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