Six sisters who have been homeless for a decade aren’t letting their situation dictate their future. Together, they are pursuing an education with the goal of becoming nurses.

David and Yonette Lawrence lost their Queens home in 2013 and the family spent time rotating between family members’ or friends’ houses.

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

David encouraged his daughter’s to think of a future beyond their situation and look into getting an education. The six oldest Lawrence sisters were in their late elementary and middle-school years at the time. They were enrolled in a homeschool program.

“He didn’t want what we were going through to hold us back,” Dominique told the news outlet.

The six sisters earned their GEDs in 2019 and attended Nassau Community College in Long Island. After graduation, they studied at SUNY Old Westbury and obtained a bachelor’s degree in public health in May.

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

On Thursday, the sisters are aged between 19 and 25 years old. They are on track to become nurses as they started a master’s program in public health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in August 2022. The next stop will be nursing school.

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