This is Desmond

Another Installment of “The Invisible Ones” of Washington, DC

This is Desmond
This is Desmond

I met Desmond in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He was standing on a busy street corner panhandling without much success in spite of the busy morning rush of commuters. Desmond tells me he has been homeless since being released from prison two years ago. He will be on parole for another twelve years which will be especially difficult as his parole officer will expect him to have a place to live and a job. Desmond has family in DC but says that living with any of them is not an option due to his “behavior issues.” He was not willing to say what that was about. Desmond either sleeps outdoors or finds a space in a church shelter near by. The church shelter fills up early so he usually end up in a local park. Desmond is a affable and friendly man who sadly cannot translate that into his panhandling activity so he makes very little money. He was agreeable to this photograph in exchange for a monetary donation. Desmond is will most likely remain invisible among crowds of office workers and tourists visiting the Capitol this Summer.


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