Person First Project – Otis

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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.

What is your proudest moment?

“The delivery room, when my daughter was born.

All throughout the pregnancy I talked to her, and when she reached up and grabbed my goatee – I had goatee then – she knew me off the brink. And the nurse said, ‘She’s not crying, she’s smiling.’ That was a proud moment for me.”

-Otis, Bloomingdale

Author’s note: Otis is currently experiencing homelessness.

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