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MEET: Mr. Brown

“This year’s harvest was much better.”
A day at La Casa


Three years ago, Michael Brown was sleeping on the streets of DC, where he suffered a stroke. His life changed when he was offered a placement at La Casa, our permanent supportive housing facility for chronically homeless men. With the help of our Case Managers, Mr. Brown soon became involved in a number of activities in the building. Last year, during his second year in residence, Mr. Brown started a roof-top gardening program and recruited other residents to help.

“We planted tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, zucchini’s, yellow squash…,” he reflects. “Some things didn’t turn out so well, so we learned a lot of lessons. This year’s harvest was much better.”

There are thousands more in our area who need our help to, once again, find their place in society. Through supporters like you, we’re not only ending homelessness, but also empowering formerly homeless individuals to rebuild their lives.

Click Here to Watch Mr. Brown’s Video

By Benji Dehkordi, Intern, Media, Marketing & Communications
and Yimka Odebode, Assistant Director, Media, Marketing & Communications

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