First Lady Michelle Obama with former Friendship Place participant Leon Drake
This afternoon, a Friendship Place program graduate, U.S. Army Veteran Leon Drake, will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama for her keynote address at the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Ms. Obama will speak on her initiative to end homelessness among veterans, highlighting the work done around the country on this effort, including the work of Friendship Place and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Mr. Drake was selected for the honor of introducing Ms. Obama in recognition of his 21 years of service in the U.S. Army and his successful journey of overcoming homelessness with the help of Friendship Place’s Veterans First program. Click here to read Mr. Drake’s introductory remarks.
Prior to the keynote speech, Ms. Obama will meet Mr. Drake and three other graduates of our Veterans First program — veterans James Lewis, Shelley Gilbert, and James Davis — together with Friendship Place Executive Director Jean-Michel Giraud.
Friendship Place’s Veterans First program has received national accolades for its success in preventing and ending homelessness for Veteran families. We are honored to partner in Ms. Obama’s important initiative.