in the middle of Silver Spring there is a large seating area outside the Discovery Center.
I finish my shopping, and went to sit down for a few minutes. There was a table full of black people next to me-unimportant because of their color, just trying to give you an accurate picture.
It didn’t take me very long to figure out that they were homeless, and my brain lit up. Ask them what they need.
Apparently, Silver Spring only has a homeless shelter in the winter. From April until November, everyone sleeps outside. They also said that there are no beds, there are just mats on the floor. Also, space is so limited that many people die of exposure. It is amazing what you can learn with some real intel. 35 minutes at a table full of homeless people, and already my brain is working like a machine. There is no all season homeless shelter in Silver Spring, and if I were to build one, people I know would use it.
you’ll have to wait a little longer for a full entry….. my laptop is dead and I left the charger at home.