Another installment of “The Invisible Ones” of Washington, DC.
Joseph is a homeless man who I saw sitting on the sidewalk, panhandling near the Farragut North Metro station with a dog peeking out from under a blanket. Joseph also suffers from epilepsy. Just to be sure I would believe him he produced an ID card attesting to that fact as well as a Service dog certificate for his companion, Moonshine. Joseph is getting together the last few dollars he needs to get on a bus heading South for the Winter. He has done this for a few years and it seems to have worked out for him in terms of getting away from the harsh DC Winter. He also says it motivates him to budget and save his panhandling money for his transportation costs and food for Moonshine. Joseph has been homeless since losing his job and apartment in Massachusetts several years ago. He came to Washington, DC looking for a new start but ended up living on the streets. He feels fortunate to have his epilepsy controlled by medication and for his companion dog. I offered him a food voucher in exchange for this photograph. Hopefully Joseph and Moonshine will be on their way sooner than later as Winter is arriving early this year.