AFH Enhances its Program: Michael's Story
“Michael,” a DC resident in his mid-fifties, fell on hard times. He lost his job and eventually, lost his home. Michael faced instability and uncertainty as he moved around among different homeless shelters in Washington DC. He and his fiancée wanted to be together, but because very few shelters accept couples, they couldn’t. Instead, she had to sleep at women’s shelters or on different people’s couches.Several months ago, Michael was staying at a shelter operated by the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place and sought help through its AIM HIRE employment program. He succeeded in finding a job with company that provides street cleaning services in the District of Columbia. In February, thanks to funding provided by Anne Frank House, Michael and his fiancée were able to move into their own apartment together in Southeast Washington DC. The funding enabled them to pay the initial rent and keep the apartment while they got on their feet. Michael has maintained his job and his fiancée is now working as a customer service representative at a local grocery store. They recently took over the rental payments for the apartment themselves. The couple is planning their wedding, and they are very grateful to have a place to call home.
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