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Know your neighborhood: Capitol Hill & Eastern Market

By Natalie Fiszer

Capitol Hill, apart from being the renowned home of US landmarks like the US Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court, also houses many more modern day treasures and attractions. Around the neighborhood you’ll find beautiful and colorful row houses, the Washington Navy Yard, and the charming outdoor flea market at Eastern Market packed with families and friends enjoying their weekends. It’s lucky enough to span two of DC’s quadrants, broadening its reach and opportunities. In this historic and lively neighborhood you also have the opportunity to find a number of wonderful homeless service providers that serve the local community by providing innovative and successful programs for homeless citizens of Washington, DC. Check out a couple of these great organizations below.

DC Central Kitchen
Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local small business partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health. Since their founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 25 million meals for our low-income and at-risk neighbors in Washington, DC. That’s a lot of meals – but don’t mistake them for a soup kitchen. The 5,000 meals we dish out every day are loaded into our fleet of trucks and distributed at little or no cost to 100 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations (including Thrive DC!), saving them money and nourishing their clients.
425 2nd St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202.234.0707

Capitol Hill Group Ministries
The mission of Capitol Hill Group Ministry reflects their deep connection to the community and to all who live in it – CHGM engages neighbors, congregations, and community organizations in celebrating shared commitment to social justice.
1338 G Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, Phone: 202.544.0631

Sasha Bruce YouthWork
The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected and at-risk youth and their families in the Washington area. This is achieved by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year.
741 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, Phone: 202.675.9340
24-hour hotline: 202.547.7777

Calvary Women’s Services
Calvary began as a single emergency shelter in the basement of a church in 1983. Since then they have grown into an organization that offers housing and services to homeless women through three programs – Calvary Women’s Shelter, Sister Circle, and Pathways. Through these programs, Calvary carries out its mission to achieve excellence in what they offer – a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.
110 Maryland Avenue NE, #103, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: 202.289.2111

Community for Creative Non-Violence
CCNV’s Mission is to ensure that the rights of the homeless and poor are not infringed upon and that every person has access to life’s basic essentials — food, shelter, clothing and medical care.  CCNV is also committed to protecting the rights of the homeless, advocating on behalf of the underserved, and preparing homeless men and woman to re-enter into mainstream society as skilled and productive citizens.
425 Mitch Snyder Place (2nd Street) NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202.393.1909

Blair House
The Blair Transitional and Rehabilitation Program provides 24-hour residential services to homeless men who are ready to make a change in their lives. Services include substance abuse counseling, case management, employment and housing placement assistance, and meals.
635 I Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: 202.727.2832

Father McKenna Center
The poorest of the poor come to the Father McKenna Center each weekday to get their mail, take a shower, to get some clean clothes, to ask for job and drug counseling and to experience a safe and drug-free environment. The Father McKenna Center can either provide or efficiently refer guests to any service a homeless man needs. The Father McKenna Center is the last day-time drop-in center for homeless men in the downtown Washington, DC area. The Father McKenna Center serves men, women and families through its programs.
19 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202.842.1112

(SOME) So Others Might Eat
SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. They help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.
71 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202.797.8806

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