Greta heard about Friendship Place the way many homeless people do, by word of mouth. In Greta’s case, it was from a girlfriend sitting next to her on a Metro bus. She knew Greta was facing a crisis.
Greta is 62 years old. For years, she had supported herself working in food service and home cleaning jobs. But in 2018, a series of chronic medical problems caught up with her. Her arthritis, back pain, and asthma all got worse, putting her on medical disability. She had to stop work and ended up living in a shelter for seven months.
Greta needed an ID, help with paperwork, a place to live, and access to food pantries. All this her caseworker navigated with her. “Friendship Place will help you do the things you need to do to help yourself,” Greta says. Now, when she meets someone who is homeless, she tries to return the favor her friend did for her. She suggests they come get help from Friendship Place.