Brick facade of Hopkins Apartments before the fire
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On Friday evening, Aug. 31, Abena Disroe lost everything in an apartment fire. Please consider helping my dear friend. You may have met her, as she has volunteered at the annual Street Sense Media fundraising celebration for the past several years.  

The Hill Rag reported that her apartment was already filled with black smoke when Disroe’s cat woke her. She was found unconscious in a stairwell with the cat and had to be revived twice. Disroe’s unit was destroyed and three others were damaged by the fire, for which the cause is still under investigation. Eleven people were displaced. 

Neighbors have launched a GoFundMe campaign to assist Disroe and the three families who were affected. If you can’t donate online, send checks and money orders made out to Abena Disroe to the following address: Abena Disroe, c/o Street Sense Media, 1317 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. I’ll pass them along. 

The GoFundMe campaign may be found at