Person First Project – Joseph and Baby

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.


“This is Baby. She’s 15-years-old. She was born in Kentucky; she’s been all the way to Chicago; then we lived in Omaha, almost all our life; and they we come back all the way from Florida. She’s been in 14 different states.

They won’t let [Baby] in the shelter. I’m stubborn. I’ve had this dog a long time, and I’m not gonna give the dog up. The shelter ain’t worth that much to me. I can survive without the shelter. I’m a country boy. I can skin a rabbit. I don’t need their shelter. I can go out in the woods and build me a fire and camp out like Daniel Boone. I’m from the Mountains. We was raised hard. Our everyday life growing up wasn’t much better than this.”


Author’s note: He stays around McPherson Square park. He doesn’t stay at a shelter because they won’t allow pets.

7 Comment

  • Hi Joseph! Wow- Baby’s one lucky girl. She looks great, I never would have guessed she’s fifteen.

  • if you’re going to be a jerk, at least try to be right. Some homeless people do have phones with Internet access – makes sense to spend what little money they have on something that can help them stay connected. There are also plenty of ways to get on the Internet for free – e.g., public libraries.

  • I love that it looks like Baby has her tags from all her different homes–like a passport.

  • Awesome, but sad too. I wouldn’t give up my little one either. Wish he could find a place that allows pets.

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