Charles Gladden, who is homeless, works in the Dirksen Senate Office Building kitchen. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Charles Gladden, who is homeless, works in the Dirksen Senate Office Building kitchen. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Charles Gladden, who is homeless, works in the Dirksen Senate Office Building kitchen. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Washington (CNN) – For Charles Gladden, home is a makeshift bed on a sidewalk next to D.C.’s McPherson Square Metro Station.

He sleeps with his shoes by his side, and a few blankets to keep him warm.

Gladden wakes up before sunrise, when he and the other homeless men and women here are kicked out, before the bustle of morning commute.

But as he collects his worldly possessions — which fit into a single bag — Gladden is actually getting ready for his own trek to work.

And his job is at the U.S. Capitol.

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