Longtime friends Barbara Parham and Jeanne Satterfield first met during the 90’s — two native New Yorkers who had moved to Boston and found a sense of community and camaraderie in the city’s LGBTQ burlesque scene.
The pair ran in the same social circle for a number of years, but gradually drifted apart. Barbara had moved back in with her mother and was caring for her during a serious illness. And Jeanne was working full-time as a licensed drug and alcohol counselor.
They’d see each other on occasion — sometimes at the doctor’s office, once at a memorial service for a mutual friend — but for the most part they were leading separate lives.
It wasn’t until 2017, when Barbara and Jeanne really reconnected; this time, at a place neither one of them expected to be: the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.
On this episode, how two friends fell back into each other’s lives, and together, found their way forward.
Top photo: Artwork by Eleanor Davis.
Bottom photo: Jeanne Satterfield (L) and Barbara Parham (R) in front of the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter in Boston, MA. By Jud Esty-Kendall for StoryCorps.
Released on November 19, 2018.