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Know your Neighborhood: Columbia Heights

By Natalie Fiszer

Think Columbia Heights and you think of the only Target Store in the District, Tivoli Theater, the green line, row houses, and of course Thrive DC. Columbia Heights is one of DC’s most diverse, lively, and growing neighborhoods, evolving rapidly and making a name for itself. Columbia Heights is also home to a number of organizations that work to support the homeless community in the District of Columbia, finding and serving the need. Read on to learn about several great organizations (and friends of Thrive DC) in the neighborhood, and keep checking back as we spotlight more great organizations in your neck of the woods.

Lift DC
LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Simultaneously, the LIFT experience pushes volunteers to grapple with our country’s most challenging issues related to poverty, race, inequality, and policy.
1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009, Phone: (202) 332-4200 x1116

Samaritan Inns
Samaritan Inns’ mission is to provide structured housing and recovery services in an environment of support and accountability that will give homeless and addicted men and women the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
2523 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009, Phone: (202) 667-8831

Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes, a ministry of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, has served lunch to the hungry and homeless on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays since 1968. Since most Washington food programs serve only on weekdays, the program offers a crucial service to its guests, some of whom travel across the city to be able to eat on the weekend. This incredible program partners with us here at Thrive DC so that individuals in need can come to our site 365 days a year to receive food.
1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

Hermano Pedro Day Shelter
The Hermano Pedro Day Shelter is a multicultural day program serving men and women who are homeless during the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm. The shelter serves breakfast and lunch, provides showers, collects and distributes clothing and provides on-site mental health services as well as case management. The Day Program is hosted in the basement of Sacred Heart Parish. This location also serves as a hypothermia shelter from November to March when temperatures drop to deadly lows.
3211 Sacred Heart Way, Washington, DC 20010, Phone: (202) 246-6643

Christ House
The mission of Christ House is to provide comprehensive health care to sick, homeless men and women from the District of Columbia, and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness.
1717 Columbia Road Northwest, Washington DC 20009, Phone: (202) 328-1100

Think your neighborhood should be the next one featured here? Tell us all about it by submitting your suggestions as comments here or by emailing Emily Flanagan, our Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator at emily@thrivedc.org.

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