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Dana Woolfolk

A native Washingtonian, Dana Woolfolk was raised in a loving home where all of his needs were met, but nothing could stop the runaway train that was his life while addicted to drugs and alcohol. “I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and in my social circle, recreational drug use was acceptable. Had I known that I would become a full blown addict I would never have tried that first one.” For many years, Mr. Woolfolk owned and operated a successful plumbing, heating and electrical contracting company. “After a while, I couldn’t work. I needed to devote all my time and attention to getting and using drugs.” Finally, Mr. Woolfolk lost everything including the close ties he had with his family and friends. He ended up living on the streets of DC and Northern Virginia for over three years.

Today, Mr. Woolfolk is a homeowner in DC, is married, and works as a therapist and Clinical Recovery Coach for a community based mental health center in Northern Virginia. He is a nationally known homeless advocate, and has helped to develop Virginia’s ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness. Mr. Woolfolk sits on several state, local and federal advisory boards. He was also on the board of directors of NCH from 2007-2010 and has been a member of the Speaker’s Bureau since 2003. As a service provider who has also experienced homelessness, he has seen homelessness from both sides of the street and has a unique perspective on these issues.

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033

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