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MEET: Beverly Stroud


When Beverly Stroud moved to Washington, DC, from San Diego, in December 2014, it was much harder to find a place to live than she’d expected.

“I had a source of income, my Social Security, but I needed help with the security deposit and first month’s rent,” Ms. Stroud says. “It was a challenge that I knew I had to overcome.”

Ms. Stroud was staying with friends when a chance encounter connected her to Friendship Place.

“I was going to various social service agencies seeking help. At one of them, I met a nice couple. They told me that Friendship Place had helped them with their security deposit and it was possible that I could qualify. So I made an appointment with Shannon Young; she did an intake on me.”

Today, Stroud lives in a room in a house in the Columbia Heights neighborhood with a family.

“I’m doing well. I attend church services and other civic activities, go see plays, dine out. I’m thriving.”

On the services provided by Friendship Place, Stroud says, “It has helped me tremendously. I am grateful. I’m doing well and have everything I need. I have a secure place to live. And I would like people to know that Friendship Place is providing a needed service and it’s very important to provide it.”

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