When Margaret Ferrell, a cardiologist at a local hospital, started working with Elijah, a very bright 8th grader living at the Harbour House shelter in New Bedford, she recognized that her student had special gifts. He was taking honor classes in school but he was not working to his full potential. Elijah rarely had homework to do during tutoring, so Margaret would go on the computer and challenge Elijah to discover new things he was interested in. Elijah said that what he liked best about his tutor was she was smart and never treated him differently because he was homeless. She made him feel like a normal kid!
Lorenz was living in the motel when he entered his senior year at Brockton High School. Living in Somerset, Lorenz was forced to ride in a van 50 miles to and from school every day. Unable to participate in clubs, play sports, or stay after school for extra help due to his commute, in December 2011, Lorenz made the difficult decision to move to the MainSpring single men's shelter in Brockton, to be closer to his school.