Dubuque Family Starts Fund to Send Immigrant Student to College

By Katie Wiedemann, KCRG-TV9

DUBUQUE, Iowa - His story starts the same as millions of others. As a small child, Kedi Ochs and his family moved to the United States to make better lives for themselves.

“I went to Roosevelt Middle School and the first day I saw all my old friends from Bryant Elementary and I was like this is awesome.”

But Kedi’s parents later got divorced. His mother returned to their home in Namibia.

Soon after, his father returned to Africa to help Kedi’s dying grandfather. After Kedi’s father’s visa expired, he never returned to the United States.

Jim Goodman said, “He was really on his own. He bounced around from place to place fending for himself. “

Throughout high school, Kedi supported himself with the money he earned delivering newspapers.

“There were times when I was 15 and only had a permit not an actual license and I was driving every single night because the papers gotta be delivered,” said Kedi.

That’s when he met Jim and Lisa Goodman. They are a Dubuque family who took Kedi under their wing.

“To know Kedi is to love Kedi. He’s just such a neat kid,” said Lisa Evoy-Goodman.

Right after Kedi graduated from High School, in 2012, President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That allowed Kedi to legally stay in Iowa but it also left him without access to federal student loans for college.

Kedi said, “For me I couldn’t get any financial aid because I am what is considered a non- permanent resident in the United States.”

The Goodmans recently started the “Ked-Ucation fund”. The couple is asking for donations to help Kedi pay for college.

“We feel that we will be successful and we will not only be able to raise enough money for Kedi but for other students who have financial need in this community.”

Here is a link to the the Keducation Fund

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