This is Willie-Satchel

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

This is Willie-Satchel, named after the famous baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige. Willie is quick to tell you that his mother was a big baseball fan. I met Willie while he was sitting on a Capitol Hill park bench passively panhandling. Willie is a happy man this morning as he just received word that he is now on a waiting list for housing. It’s been a long ten years he says but good people here have kept me going. Willie is hopeful that the housing will come through before the really cold weather sets in. As with so many men and women who are living without shelter literally within a few blocks of  our nation’s capitol building, the irony is inescapable. They sit invisibly huddled against the elements with the backdrop of wealth and power that simply ignores them day in and day out. Surely we can do better. If you see Willie-Satchel on Capitol Hill be sure and say hello and ask him about his namesake. You both will be better for the experience. Willie was kind enough to pose for this photograph in exchange for a food voucher and a bottle of water.

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