Monday, January 1, 2001

Yoshio's Story: How You Can Help

Yoshio Nakada was a homeless man murdered on the streets of Washington, DC on Christmas Eve, 2008. He was a gentle, softspoken soul, who communicated with others through music. In these posts from Mrs. Scribe and others, read Yoshio's story, and learn how you can save others like him from a similar fate.

Ella Numera Una started volunteering at Miriam's Kitchen, a Downtown DC social services nonprofit, when she was in 6th grade. She used to visit Miriam's regularly with her suburban Girl Scout Troop, and she developed an affinity for both the Miriam's volunteers and for the clients that they serve. Miriam's has become a regular stop in Ella Numera Una's journey to adulthood. She interned there during the Summer of 2008, where she became acquainted with clients such as Yoshio.

Professional photographer Thomas Michael Corcoran took this snap of Yoshio in the park near DC's George Washington University while he was going to college. "To communicate, sometimes I would sing a Japanese nursery rhyme my sister Gina taught me when I was a baby," Corcoran wrote after Yoshio's death. "Little did I know that was Yoshio Nakada's preferred method of communication."

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Miriam's and served breakfast there in March 2009. The First Lady said she wanted to put a "face" on this country's homeless problem by dropping by Miriam's. The Washington Post article that chronicled Mrs. Obama's visit reported that in 2008, Miriam's served 55,272 meals to more than 4,000 clients. The staff at Miriam's calls these homeless men and women "guests." We learned in April that the First Lady plans to give much of the produce grown in the new White House vegetable garden to Miriam's Kitchen.

If you live in the DC Metropolitan Area, please considering volunteering at Miriam's Kitchen. Otherwise, please consider donating to this wonderful organization. Please click on the Miriam's logo above to find out how you can help.


Maricris Zen Mama said...

It just brings tears to my eyes while reading your post. I really feel bad for people who ends up living in the streets. I think it's a fear that most of us have with this unstable economy we have right now. We can only wish that our new Government will have enough logistics to care for people who can no longer afford to have homes.

Thank you for sharing this touching article.

MaryRC said...

its so sad what an easy target the homeless are for senseless crime.


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