Our Stories

 

Tony Burns

At five years old, Tony Burns sits gazing out of his front window looking onto a parade taking place on 6th Street Northwest, his hometown block. “I just remember seeing two individuals in a car waving to everyone. I didn’t know who they were, just that their hair was shiny

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Kenneth

Kenneth counted his time living on the streets not in years, but in presidential administrations. While he was experiencing homelessness, Presidents Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, Obama, and Trump all occupied the Oval Office. All told, Kenneth endured more than thirty years without a home. While Kenneth’s story may

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Randall Cook

You’d be surprised how easy it is to end up homeless. Randall Cook, age 55 and originally from Dayton, Ohio, spent years living in Washington Circle Park, sleeping on a bench in all kinds of weather. This reality was a stark contrast to the dreams he had when he joined

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David H.

David is a native Washingtonian – he was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital and grew up in Alexandria and Arlington. After getting a degree in communications, David became a successful business man. He had built his real estate practice into a thriving career and even traveled the world. Then, right

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Linwood (Gato) Martinez-Bentley

Linwood “Gato” Martinez-Bentley, (62) grew up in Washington, DC in a strict military family. To help channel his boundless energy, Linwood’s mother connected him with the performing arts.  Linwood quickly mastered percussion, flute, singing and dancing. While Linwood’s musical skills were a point of pride for his family, his opposition

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Marc and Shawn Simmons

Thank you for being there for my son, Shawn. As a Miriam’s Kitchen volunteer, donor, or supporter, you made a difference in his life. Shawn was a thoughtful and kind soul. He faced some big challenges, made some bad decisions, and had some bad luck that left him experiencing homelessness.

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Agnes Jackson

It’s been a long journey, but after 20 years of experiencing homelessness, Agnes Jackson is finally home. Many of you are familiar with Agnes because she lived in a tent right here at the corner of 24th and G Streets. Many of us — staff, volunteers and guests — were concerned

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Bill M.

Bill M. grew up in Boston and served in the U.S. Army in Kuwait. When he returned, he had several jobs but eventually was laid off and was unemployed for six months. His room mate told him he had to leave and suddenly he was homeless. A friend told him

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Bill W.

At 73 years old, Bill knows what his purpose is: to serve others. He first answered that call in 1968, when he entered the Army Medical Corps. The next year, he was sent overseas to Vietnam, where he served two tours. During the war he witnessed terrible tragedies, but was

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Craig Phillips

For nearly all of his life, Craig has struggled with mental illness. He moved around a lot, living with different family members scattered across the country, but he never had a permanent home. Recently, a series of strokes have made life even more challenging for Craig. It is hard to

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