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Meet Cornelia

 Cornelia learned a tough truth: “Homelessness can happen to anyone. It’s not always that someone has done something wrong. Anything can change someone’s situation from working and having stable housing.”

“I was in the Army for 14 years, most of that time as a motor transport operator, working with a lot of heavy and light military vehicles.”

In 2018, Cornelia came up against DC’s sky-high, rapidly changing housing market. “I put my belongings in storage and slept in my car.”

She got in touch with Friendship Place. “It all happened so fast. A week later I was in an apartment with a brand-new bed.” Cornelia has plans: “I am ready to start my own business: mobile car washing and detailing. I don’t run into a lot of women or minority-owned businesses in that field, but I know I can do this on my own.”

Cornelia credits Friendship Place for getting her back to the life she’s worked so hard for. “There should be millions of Friendship Places all over the world.”

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Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2023, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,993 people, including 1,507 children in families and 670 veterans. We empowered 167 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.957.7834.

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