MEET: Mr. Brown

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


On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Friendship Place joined Mayor Vincent Gray, the DC Department of Human Services and Department of General Services to celebrate the re-opening of La Casa. With funding from DHS and services provided by Friendship Place, La Casa will employ the “housing first” service model to provide permanent supportive housing and comprehensive in-house case management, as well as 24/7 staff assistance, for 40 highly vulnerable homeless men.

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.”

Your gift will have twice the impact. When you donate this year, Amazon will match all new and increased gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million dollars. 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. Will you help us get more people like Mr. Brown out of the isolation of homelessness?

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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