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Acts of Kindness: UC staffers help stranded student find a place to stay

Posted at 9:25 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 09:27:28-04

CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati student Kam Rakhimov tried to go home as everything closed down because of coronavirus.

He was on his way to Chicago to fly back to Uzbekistan when he found out his flight was cancelled, and that there wouldn't be any flying home for a while.

So he returned to UC only to learn that because he checked out from his residence hall, he had no place to stay.

That's when his boss, Sarah Shephard at the university’s international admissions office, helped out.

"She literally saved my life because I would go homeless,” Rakhimov said. “She said, ‘I can afford you a place to live until you find a place to live on campus.’”

“I don't know how to express my gratefulness. I'm so grateful for Sarah Shephard for everything she has done for me."

Shephard also helped him find campus housing after a couple weeks, and another UC staffer helped Rakhimov financially.

That person wants to remain anonymous, but we're giving you a shout-out anyhow -- you know who you are!

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