Author Archives: Ashley Strange

About Ashley Strange

I am studying Communications and English at Trinity University In Washington, D.C. I spent five years in the D.C. foster care system after my mother passed. Life for me has always been a struggle. Specifically, school. I thank God that I was able to graduate despite being told I wouldn't. My learning disability seemed to be too much for teachers to handle; so, I was casted away and did not learn much. After entering foster care I began to go to school everyday and managed to graduate with a 2.7 GPA. I consider myself an advocate and an example for foster youth and for those who were told to basically give up. To this day, I find it amazing that I got my High School Diploma, and will soon be a college graduate. My advice to people like me is to never give up and always strive for success!

The New Age Definition of Homelessness

By Ashley Strange Trinity Washington University Journalism Class Student On June 30, 2015, The Young Women’s Project, along with representatives from Sasha Bruce Youthwork, sat on a panel in front of funders to discuss youth homelessness and to figure out … Continue reading

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Street Sense: A Street Paper That’s More Than a Paper

Street Sense Vendor Patty Smith | Photo by Ashley Strange By Ashley Strange Trinity Washington University Journalism Class Student Street Sense, a street newspaper inside of The Church of the Epiphany based on G Street NW, Washington, DC, is helping … Continue reading

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D.C. Homeless Youth Gain Independence and Hope

By Ashley Strange Trinity Washington University Journalism Class Student Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Brenda Donald, opened a transitional home known as Wayne Place on Mississippi Avenue SE D.C to provide young people with the … Continue reading

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The Homeless vs. Mayor Muriel Bowser

In 2015, 53 homeless people died on the streets of Washington, D.C., and if it had not been for the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB), and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), their lives would have ended without anyone knowing who they were or how they died (Black et al, 2016). Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter, these agencies have held a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day event to remember the lives of those homeless persons who died while living on the streets (“National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day”). These agencies advocate for homeless, but now they are faced with an even bigger task. The mayor of our city is ordering “sweeps” to eradicate the shelters homeless people depend on to store the few belongings they have.

The mayor and D.C. Government should stop encampment sweeps because they cause more harm than good by further endangering the lives of the homeless.

We live in a city of great wealth. Unfortunately, many people are not able to enjoy that wealth. Business men and women will happily walk by a homeless person who is holding out a cup for spare change. Many persons walk by without even acknowledging the existence of homeless people. According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, homelessness is defined as “an individual who lacks housing, including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing.” According to a report by PBS, there was a nationwide count of 578,424 homeless people in 2014, with 7,748 in the District alone. Continue reading

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Thank You, Street Sense Family

  Com 392 | Speech Writing Assignment 4: The Thank You Speech Write a 1-2 page “thank you” speech. Description: Like the tribute speech, the Thank You speech is a ceremonial speech. It’s about showing appreciation of others. The audience … Continue reading

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A Welcoming for Voices of Faith Gospel Choir

  Com 392 | Speech Writing Assignment #3: Welcome Speech Write a 1-2 page Welcome Speech. Description: The Welcome Speech is a ceremonial speech. It should be short. Usually, the speaker is welcoming a new employee or group of people. … Continue reading

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A Mother Above All Others

My mother made me and my siblings’ poverty stricken lives worth living. Although she is not perfect, she did all that she could do as a disabled mother. Life with my mother was difficult for many reasons; she suffered from obesity, cancer, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. As I stated before, we were poor, but through all of this, she still managed to become a better mother than those who judged and prayed for her misfortune. Continue reading

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Snow Day Announcement

Com 392 | Speech Writing Assignment 1: The Press Release Write a press release about a weather alert. Description: Press releases are similar to news stories. They get to the main points quickly. Today press releases are distributed via email … Continue reading

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