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.
“When my mother got sick, we lost our home. We’d been renting and we couldn’t afford to stay there anymore. I was about six or seven years old at the time.
She had kidney failure. My grandmother had it, and it was passed down. My mom wouldn’t let anyone in the family give her a kidney because the disease is hereditary. She was so worried that we’d end up needing ours.
My mother was working and she tried not to let it take it a toll. She was in a contracting position for the government. My father works for the government as well and that’s how they met each other – they were working at the same naval base.
My mom was doing at-home dialysis treatment, which includes getting a whole shipment of supplies sent to your house. But we did not have a house for them to be sent to. They needed to ship us big machines and stuff.
We were just trying to pay medical bills and figure it all out. We lived with my aunt for a while in a small apartment.. I have very prideful parents, so at first they would say they didn’t need the help. I didn’t understand fully what was going on, I just knew that my mom was very, very sick.
All her coworkers donated leave when she first got sick. If it wasn’t for people in our community looking out for our family and realizing that hard times do come, I don’t think that I would be in the position that I am today. There are so many things that could have gone differently that would have positioned me differently in life. I’m very, very thankful for everyone in my community.”