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Amazing: how a community is putting a homeless teen through college

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 07/19/16

I think we could use some good news right about now, don’t you?  So here it is, from Barnesville, Georgia:

A community came together in a big way for a homeless teen after a Georgia police officer discovered the 19-year-old sleeping in a tent at Gordon State College. Fred Barley, a biology major, biked six hours to register for his second semester and look for a job. He had nothing, so he was staying inside a tent on the Barnesville campus. That was until police found him. “We get to talking with him asking where he’s from and he tells us the story about the bike ride from Conyers. I’m like ‘man this is crazy,’” Officer Richard Carreker told News Radio 106.7’s Chrisy Hutchings. Officer Carreker believed him and he, along with another officer, put Fred in a hotel room. “He was deeply thankful he wasn’t going to sleep in that tent,” said Carreker. Word of Fred’s situation traveled quickly through town. Casey Blaney and her son Cole went to Fred’s hotel room. “We asked him what he wanted and what we could do for him and he just said ‘I really don’t want anything.’ After we kept asking, he said ‘A job,’” said Blaney.

Learn what happened next.

Image: Fox/Atlanta

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