By John Kelly, columnist
The Washington Post
November 15, 2015
I’ve met some incredible people in the past few weeks. In the coming weeks, I’ll be introducing them to you. They include:
A young man whose life started spiraling out of control after the death of his mother from cancer — “She just got smaller and smaller,” he told me — and who ended up homeless, living with his children and fiancee at the D.C. General shelter.
A teenage mother told by her in-laws not to inform emergency room workers about the domestic violence she suffered at the hands of her abusive husband.
A young man who engaged in illegal street fighting before finding success as a Golden Gloves boxer.
A Pakistani immigrant ordered by her father to drop out of high school because he didn’t believe women should receive an education and then forced to wed her cousin in a green card marriage.
A homeless teenager who for months couch-surfed at the homes of friends after being told by her mother to move out.
These people all have two things in common: They were once homeless. And they received assistance from local charities that are part of The Washington Post Helping Hand.
Today I launch our second annual fundraising campaign for Helping Hand. Three local nonprofits — Community of Hope, Homestretch and Sasha Bruce Youthwork — were selected from hundreds of groups that applied. They were vetted by a committee of Post staffers and chosen because of the demonstrable positive outcomes they achieve.
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