Another Installment of the “Invisible Ones” of Washington, DC
I met Jacqueline early one morning as she was preparing to start her day. She had spent the night as she usually does sleeping under a train track overpass in the trendy NOMA neighborhood in NE DC. Jacqueline has been living on the streets for a little more than eight years. She says that the story of how she got here is just too sad to tell and she prefers to focus on the what lies ahead and what she is thankful for. I asked her what that might be and she was quick to reply that she has her health, is not addicted to anything and feels blessed. Given her cheery disposition, I was hard pressed to argue with her. She says she is especially blessed because she has her portable home. The image below is Jacqueline’s tent that she recently was able to acquire through a generous benefactor. The heavy chain attached to the tent is what Jacqueline calls her home security system.
Jacqueline, like many of DC’s homeless men and women, is friendly, affable and easy to engage in conversation. She readily agreed to be a part of the “Invisible Ones” project in exchange for a small donation. If you know of anyone like Jacqueline, spend a moment having a conversation. Ask if you can help out in some way. I guarantee you’ll both be better off having had that experience.