Help for homeless woman in tent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- We have some good news to share about a story we first brought you this week on a homeless young woman living in a tent in DC.

After thousands of you shared her story on Facebook and Twitter, Shontay Alexander is now getting the help she desperately needs.

"Oh my goodness!" exclaimed Laura Woody as she approached the tent encampment. She and her colleague, Jermaine Hampton from Friendship Place came with us today, loaded with optimism and supplies.

"You know, there's hope for everybody. There's hope for everybody," said Woody. "We brought a poncho, some underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, granola bars, water."

"Toothbrush, fruit snacks. You know, the bare necessities. Contact information. All that good stuff. We got smart trip cards for you too," said Hampton.

The Northwest Washington organization is offering to help Shontay find housing, a job, medical care and more.

"I think there's a lot of people who want to make sure you get what you need. And get out of this tent," Woody told Shontay, who replied, "Yeah!"

Shontay was nervous and reluctant, but ultimately, Shontay said yes.

Added Woody, "If your basic needs aren't met, it's really hard to get your mental health together, get employment… I mean, this is not a place to get ready for work. It's just not. So there's hope for her. There's absolutely hope."

"Yeah, I'm excited," said Shontay.

So, with her trust in us, and the staff of Friendship Place, Shontay took her first steps to what hopefully will be a better life.

This afternoon, Friendship Place provided Shontay with lunch and a place to take a shower, they bought her a new outfit and shoes, gave her a pre-paid phone with minutes, and a gift card so she can do laundry and take care of other personal needs. On top of all that, they are helping her craft a plan for the future. These services have been offered to all the residents of her tent community by the organization.

If you would like to help, as a volunteer, a mentor or with funding, you can learn more about Friendship Place at their website: You can also donate through:


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