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2016 Grantee, Homestretch, Helps Local Man Rebound After Loss

From The Washington Post Local, November 22, 2016:

Accustomed to helping others, he never thought he’d be the one in need

Seymour Lansdowne Sr. was always the person who took care of everyone else. During the years that he coached youth football in Manassas, Va., Seymour was the one who provided rides for the kids who didn’t have them, bought shoes for the kids who couldn’t afford them.

He doted on his own children, including his son Seymour Jr. — known as Sey-J (pronounced “CJ”).

Anytime Seymour witnessed the dilemmas that pulled other families apart, he vowed that it wouldn’t happen to his family.

“Then when it did, it was like the floor completely dropped out from under me,” he said.

Seymour lost his job, then his house, and then, worst of all, his son. Homestretch, a Falls Church, Va., charity that is a partner with The Washington Post Helping Hand, helped him pull his life back together.

Read full article by John Kelly, The Washington Post

 

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