Since joining Friendship Place in 2006, Jean-Michel has drawn on his 25 years of clinical experience in human services, training in psychiatric rehabilitation, expertise in recovery and a commitment to person-centered programming. This tool kit had allowed him to pioneer innovative program models that have moved DC's entire homeless services system forward. In 2009 he was named to the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness and the board of the Coalition of Housing and Homeless Organizations (2009-20130). In 2010 he received the Meyer Foundation Exponent Award for visionary nonprofit leadership.
Jean-Michel's focus on cost-effective, permanent and rapid solutions to homelessness has been lauded by the DC government, the Department of Veterans Affairs and homeless service advocates. He also authors a blog on Huffington Post.