Terry

Terry has a quiet confidence and a smile that draws you in. He speaks proudly of his lifelong residence in DC, his service in the Marine Corps, and his wife, 3 children, and 7 grandchildren. Terry is an overwhelmingly positive person, in a world where optimism is all too rare. Meeting him, you’d...

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Joel

Each morning, thousands of people fill the sidewalks of Downtown DC, moving toward destinations as varied as their own individual lives. Up until recently, looking through the crowds, one could catch a glimpse of a cardboard sign just to the side of the doorway of a Starbucks. If you looked...

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David

David was homeless in and around Bethesda for almost 30 years, living in the woods for most of that time.Constantly on the move, David survived by panhandling, dumpster diving, and selling scrap metal. For the last 5 years, David had called a small patch of trees between the Beltway and New...

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Lakeisha

Patrick, a Pathways to Housing DC outreach worker, first met Lakeisha underneath the L Street bridge.  Immediately, Patrick was struck by her warmth and charisma. A self-described homeless advocate, Lakeisha was widely known and respected by her neighbors and friends living in surrounding...

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Thomas

There are so many people who are one paycheck away from being homeless. My name is Thomas, and for most of my life, I was one of those people. No matter how hard I worked, I always struggled to pull myself out of the financial trouble I was in. My paychecks were never enough and I was constantly...

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Robert

As a child growing up in North Carolina, I never imagined I’d end up homeless in Washington D.C.  My name is Robert and I grew up with a wonderful and supportive family.  My parents took care of me and my two brothers and three sisters.  We were doing well until my father died unexpectedly when I...

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George

George is a gentleman in his late-50s with bright blue eyes and the sweetest grin.  He dresses impeccably well, and is typically very quiet.  However, it’s never a secret when George is  passionate about something because quite suddenly his blue eyes light up and he uses words like “tremendously”...

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Gloria

*Featured in the Spring 2017 Newsletter Gloria still remembers the day her little boy, who wasn’t so little anymore, came running back into her life out of seemingly nowhere.  “MOM! This is where you’ve been all this time!? Everybody’s been looking for you!” Tears streamed down Gloria’s face as...

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Ricky

A Flicker of Light Hope has the power to change lives.  For Ricky, it was always there.  He just needed someone to show him where to look. The Downtown Business Improvement District (DBID) Outreach team started working with Ricky in the spring of 2014.  He had just returned to the streets after...

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Manny

The Journey Home Ariel, a Pathways to Housing DC Homeless Outreach Specialist, met Manny at Union Station after an introduction by Amtrak Police officers, who had taken an interest in getting to know the soft-spoken man. Manny is a thin man in his mid-40’s, impeccably polite, and always willing to...

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Anne

Finding Anne Anne loves big wigs and colorful makeup to match her larger than life personality. She enjoys arts and crafts, making new friends, and is in charge of her mental health. Though she’s in an incredible place today, just over a year ago, Anne was homeless for the second time and at the...

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Mary

How Pathways DC “Guided” Mary Home Mary was born in DC General Hospital on a rainy Wednesday morning. She spent a large portion of her life living on the streets of DC as a result of a tumultuous childhood. At an early age, Mary lost her mother and was sent to live with a grandmother,...

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