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.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“Photosphere” by Charles Atlas from the album To the Dust: From Man You Came and To Man You Shall Return
“Untitled #4,” “Untitled #10,” “Untitled #3” and “Untitled #2” by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying In The Dark