QUINCY, Mass. – Quincy College is turning a young man’s dreams into a reality.

“That’s the only thing I can smile about right now.”

Boston 25 News first met 23-year-old Loppy Munnings, a Bahamian man who lost family, friends, and his home in Hurricane Dorian.

When the storm hit, Munnings was working on a yacht off Maine trying to earn enough money to enroll in Quincy College’s computer science program.

Unable to get home, two Cohasset families he befriended years ago took him in and started raising money to help him pursue his American dream.

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Our story caught the attention of Quincy College’s president.

“We’re just so proud of this young man, and we want to be part of his success,” said Quincy College President Michael Bellotti. “We know this is his dream. He wants to fulfill his obligation to his mother who he pretty much promised he would try to come to America and be part of the American dream and pursue that through an educational opportunity.”

Munnings says he knows his mom is watching from above and is excited for his amazing opportunity.

“That’s some of the best news I’ve heard since this entire thing happened,” he said. “I just want to make them proud.”

He says he can’t wait to get started, but right now, his focus is on family.

“My dad has a comfortable place to sleep and getting him back on his feet and making sure he’s OK and then putting myself in a position to come over,” said Munnings.

He told us he’s been overwhelmed by the love people have shown him and he can’t thank them enough for their support.

“I appreciate everything from the bottom of my heart.”

He hopes to start at Quincy College in January.