Carl Johnson didn't let homelessness and a disability stop him from graduating.

On Tuesday, a group of students celebrated their high school graduation in Vero Beach.  It was a long road for many of them.

Some were living on the streets before they found a program called Transitional Living. The goal is to help teenagers and young adults succeed despite homelessness or other issues.

One of those overcame many challenges to get that degree.

"He's changed his life," says Philanthropy Director Michelle King, "We've had a part in that and we've done what we're suppose to be doing."

Carl Johnson was homeless before he found the Transitional Living Program.  This safe place allowed him to work on his high school degree.  It wasn't easy for Johnson. Not only is he alone but he's also deaf.  We spoke to him through an interpreter.

"My parents thought because he's deaf, he's stupid but that was not the case," says Johnson.

He came here after his family was kicked out of their home by the landlord. They had nowhere to go.

"It was definitely a difficult life," says Johnson.

He persevered.  He now has a full time job at CVS and is saving money to move out.

"I'll be able to have a place that looks similar to this," says Johnson.

The 20-year-old has another passion. 

"I love working out," says Johnson, "I'm very disciplined with exercise."

He's a bodybuilder. Johnson can bench press more than 400 pounds.  His idol is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I want to meet him one day," says Johnson.

Johnson has seen the pros.  He has the muscles, the moves and the motivation.

"I've had to rely on myself," says Johnson, "I've been the one that had to do the work and not depend on other people."

August is a big month for him.  Johnson turns 21 and he hopes to compete in a bodybuilding competition in Port St. Lucie.  He can now squat 650 pounds.

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