Meet the Member: Pierre
Please say hello to Pierre, the first guest in our new Meet the Member series! We will be periodically highlighting members who have been active and involved in our center, and Pierre is one of our most engaged members. He is always quick to offer words of encouragement or to lighten the mood with a joke, and I don’t think he’s ever missed a House Meeting. So, without further ado, allow me to present Pierre!
Pierre, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a 50 year old African American male. I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. I am the only child; my father retired from Walter Reed Hospital as chief dietian. My mother taught special education in montgomery county public schools for 30 years. I attended Montgomery Junior College (Germantown) and then on to the University of Maryland (Business Administration – 1984). I have had the opportunity to live in otherparts of the country from L.A., Calf., Des Moines, IA, Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA.
How did you hear about Georgetown Ministry Center?
I was trying to move someone out of my spot by bribing him with a sandwich and he told me he could get better sandwiches than I had at GMC. I asked what and where is GMC, and he told me.
What do you like most about GMC?
The computers are the number 1 attraction for me. I had always been an PC person, and learning the Apple has been an experience (a good one). However, having a high quality computer has been an immeasurable asset.
Where is your favorite place to go in D.C.?
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts – Millennium Stage, is where you will find me most evenings.
What is one thing you think people should know or understand about homelessness?
Wow. The reasons for homelessness are as numerous as the individuals experiencing homelessness. Having real conversations with others (no matter how one-sided, short, lopsided, sometimes incoherent) keeps you connected to the rest of humanity and serves a powerful purpose, even if you don’t get to see the result of the few minutes you spent with someone.