Person First Project Vol. 3 – Irving


Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

“Everybody acts differently when they see someone homeless on the street. Some people shy away because they’re afraid of you, and some people come right up to you like they’re your best friend. But it gets lonely. Sometimes I don’t really want money, or food, or clothes – I just want somebody to hear what I have to say. For example, this lady Rachel stops by every Monday through Friday to sit and talk to me for a few minutes – and it makes my day. You just have to take the positive with the negative.”

– Irving at Union Station

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  • They should interview the guy who sits in front of the Postal Museum every morning. He never asks for money and he always has a nice greeting for everyone who walks by him.

  • What an interesting series! What about asking them about a skill set or something? Maybe help them find a way to get back on their feet? I’m not sure if that’s the direction this is going but PoP is certainly a great community and might include someone who could offer some part time work or something.

  • Irving seems to be a nice guy. I’m sure the loneliness and tedium are really made bareable by people who stop and chat, even give a smile and say hello while passing by. I sometimes do this but, surely, should do it more.

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