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Rutter describes his Camp Canonicus experience as "the second kick."
He knows he climbed a mountain to even get to graduation but Rutter advises others, who may someday be in his position, not to see the mountains as unpassible.
"I was mad at them for being mad at me, I guess," Rutter said. "I was convinced I could make it back to New Hampshire."
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One woman Rutter got help from, Patricia Worsley, went "above and beyond," according to Rutter. Worsley helped Rutter get rides and even bought him phone cards to connect with relatives and friends.
Rutter took responsibility for his actions and eventually made the situation right. He poured his efforts into leadership training at Camp Canonicus, which is also in the Ocean State.
Rutter said he wants to major in photography and work for himself someday. He's already got the ball rolling. Last month, Rutter shot his first paid family portrait.
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Rutter had expected to be returning to New Hampshire for his senior year but things began falling apart when the teenager realized he'd have no place to stay.
"I don't believe I would have been able to catch up without Kathy Kaas," Rutter said about the first keystone of his all important support network.
Rutter, an 18 year old senior at Alvirne High School, said his road to graduation has been bumpier than most. Rutter is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, overcame being homeless going into his senior year and had to start a support network from scratch.
before heading to the New Hampshire Institute of Art, which is Rutter's ideal school.
After Rutter's junior year he went to live with his aunt and uncle in Rhode Island, but he had a blow out with his relatives over a broken vacuum cleaner and stormed out of the house. He began walking down a major highway barefoot and made it two exits before cops finally picked him up.
Lee introduced Rutter to his current mentor, Jim Gallagher.
The crisis was averted when Rutter discovered the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission on Nashua's Chestnut Street.
After graduating, Rutter will move into transitional living at the Nashua Children's Home. He is currently in independent living and already has his first job lined up for this summer at Staples.
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"It took me all of 10 minutes to find three or four places for me," Rutter said.
grad overcame homelessness
Kaas is a family friend of Rutter's grandparents and Rutter describes Kaas as his "first kick."
Rutter said teachers at Alvirne High School also helped him succeed and the soon to be graduated senior thanked economics teacher Mike Lee.
"She helped teach me a lot of things I'm using in my social life because I have Asperger's," Rutter said. "It's a mild form of it so the main aspect of my life affected by it is the social aspect, so I have major difficulty picking up on the social cues."
Of his accomplishments, which will finally be recognized at graduation, Rutter said "it's hard to put it into words really."
after, in October, Rutter was placed at the Nashua Children's Home by the court system.
"Mr. Gallagher, he's been a mentor," Rutter said. "He helped me through the application process, school and all around."
Gallagher has a story similar to Rutter's and was living on his own by the age of 16.
Now, Rutter is looking forward into the future and sees bright prospects on the horizon.
During his junior year, Rutter left home shortly after New Year's Day 2013 and stayed with his grandparents for three months. During that time frame, Rutter missed school and he needed to catch up.
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