Michael left Virginia a few years ago to find a new life in Washington, DC He was in and out of all the city’s shelters but much preferred Central Union Mission’s clean, safe and polite facility.

He wanted to make the best impression for his Starbucks interview so he attended the Mission’s interview class. “I learned about having a firm handshake and looking people in the eye,” he explains. With some appropriate clothes from the Haberdashery, he presented himself with confidence.

Today Michael hopes to finish a college degree in business management and to work his way up the Starbucks corporate ladder. He thanks friends at the Mission who encouraged and believed in him. “Without the Mission, I wouldn’t have a job or a place to live.”



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