Person First Project Vol. 5 – Garcia

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.

Ed. Note: per MPD “Please keep the hypothermia hotline phone numbers readily available – (202) 399-7093 or 1(800) 535-7252″


“Good morning, how ya’ll doin’? God bless you have a nice day!

I’ve been doing this for about two years and I’m here every day. People always say, ‘You greet us, but you never ask for anything.’ But that’s not what God wants me to do. This is the job God assigned me to. And I enjoy it, I love greeting these people in the morning. If God sees that I need something he’ll send it to me. When I greet someone coming out here it makes them happy.

People ask me if I ever get mad. Mad about what? If I get mad today because I’m homeless and I’ve got nowhere to go, tomorrow I’ll still be in the same situation. They say that I’m always happy. Yeah, I gotta be happy. Because me getting mad is not going to solve the problem.”

– Garcia outside the Postal Museum

8 Comment

  • PersonFirstProject

    Thanks to the PoPville readers and commenters that suggested we reach out to Garcia!

  • Thank you for this series.

  • Thanks! I see him almost every day, and I always enjoy his greeting.

  • I see Garcia every morning on my way to work, and he really does have an amazing way of brightening your day. Whether it’s his signature greeting, or watching him run out into the street to help a fire truck or ambulance navigate traffic, he always has a smile on his face. A truly impressive individual with a fantastic outlook on life.

  • i see him almost everyday on my walk to work and his greeting is something that starts my day off great

  • I see Garcia almost every day. His greetings make me smile each time. I like this Person First Project and am glad to see Garcia’s profile. I’d like to think that something can be done to change Garcia’s homelessness….

  • Not sure what I loved more – Garcia’s story or the comments about Garcia. Just shows what an impact one person can have….even if it is only in passing on your morning commute. Thanks for the story!

  • I really like this feature. I think your goal of making us feel more human has been well-achieved.

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