Eight-year-old Norman lives with his mother and sister in a two-bedroom apartment in Rancho Cucamonga. His father left the family when Norman was just a baby, and they have no contact with him. Norman spends most of his time out of the house, wandering around the apartment complex and within the community that surrounds them.
The lack of male influences in his life and his small stature have led Norman to verbal and physical altercations at school and within his program with the Hope Through Housing Foundation, an organization that works to create social programs for children and adults living in low-income housing. In an attempt to fit in, Norman hangs out with troubled children and acts out in a negative way.
Still, program officials say, Norman volunteers collecting and distributing food to the needy people in the area. Although his family is one of those in need, Norman makes sure everyone else has received their share of food before bringing some home.
He is a very intelligent boy. His lack of parental involvement has caused him to mature quickly. At the moment, his grades don't reflect his intelligence, but members of the foundation believe he will one day become an active, contributing member of society.