Helping Hands – Miriam’s Kitchen + Homeless man turned artist


Homelessness is a national crisis but it affects many of our local Washington D.C. residents directly. According to Mission DC, 16.6% of DC residents live in poverty which is two times the national average. This number of course has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One DC resident in particular was able to find a home thanks to Miriam?s Kitchen. Miriam?s Kitchen is an organization that vows to end homelessness in the District. Easterns Automotive Group and ABC 7 DC / WJLA caught wind of their amazing work and decided to highlight them on their new edition of Helping Hands.

Leroy Fenner is an aspiring artist that recently found a home after being homeless for two years. He did this with the help of Cheryl Bell who is the chef a Miriam?s Kitchen. Bell has been working very hard during the pandemic preparing breakfast and dinner to the homeless to ensure that their needs are met. ABC 7 cameras followed Fenner to his new home where he gave Bell a tour and showed off his new artwork.

Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group arrived to give him the surprise of his life. Bassam presented Fenner with a check for $1,000 for his tremendous growth and success. He plans on using this money to further his painting career as he eventually wants to go to art school. But Joel wasn?t finished, he also presented Bell with a $1,000 check for Miriam?s Kitchen to help with their expenses as they are a nonprofit organization. Their demand has increased since coronavirus so this $1,000 donation will be able to cover 1,200 meals.

For the last 30+ years, Easterns has always given back to the community and helped those in need. Their hope is that by sharing Fenner?s story that it inspires people to never give up on their dreams. Where you start is never where you end up. Obstacles will come but you must continue working hard to get to the other side. If you would like to learn more about Miriam?s Kitchen, their services, or how to get involved ? please visit


Watch the video to see how everything unfolded.

Helping Hands, powered by ABC 7 is always looking to help out people or organizations in need that are worthy of assistance. If you know someone that fits this description, please click here to nominate them.