A Message from Chef Emily


Hey Volunteers!

We’ve asked many of you “how do you support MK?” and without hesitating you say you give of your TIME. And for many of you, your time is more valuable than your money.

But I write to you today asking you to consider giving of both…because we need both more than ever.

Why am I asking you to give now? 

Finding Hidden Talents (And Inspiration) in Our Guests

Dear MK Friends and Family,

As Heat Wave Continues, Local Businesses and Residents are Reminded of Resources for the Homeless

Temperatures Predicted to be in Mid-to-Upper 90’s for Several Days,
Homeless Population Faces Increased Risk

July 16, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – With the Washington, D.C. area facing several days of extreme summer heat, Miriam’s Kitchen is asking the local community to please be alert and aware of homeless individuals who may be in need of assistance.

Homelessness Down Nationally, But Up 5% In DC

Last week, we shared with you the The National Alliance to End Homelessness' new report, The State of Homelessness in America 2012 (you can view the highlights here.)

This week, we'd like to share with you the trends from DC as well as what we're seeing at Miriam's Kitchen.

Here's what's happening in DC:

Homelessness Down 1% but Outlook Bleak

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has just released its report, The State of Homelessness in America 2012, and we'd like to share some of the findings from their examination of homelessness between 2009-2011.

A few of the highlights:

24 Percent of our Guests are Homeless Veterans

There are 76,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given night.

At Miriam's Kitchen, nearly 1,000 (or 24%) of our guests are veterans.

Just this morning, we were joined by 15 veterans and had the opportunity to thank each of them personally for their service.

We also had the opportunity to talk with them about the services we provide to veterans.

Those services include:

What Is Case Management & Why Is It So Important?

Last week, we talked about the importance of food in our work, particularly as it relates to building relationships with our guests. It's because of those relationships that we're able to serve our guests most effectively with case management services.

So, what exactly is case management?

Here's what it means at Miriam's Kitchen:

How to End Chronic Homelessness

Permanent supportive housing is the answer.

What is permanent supportive housing?

It's housing that is permanent with support services attached.

Those support services include things like help obtaining and maintaining benefits, finding and keeping employment, and accessing health, mental health and addiction treatment services.

Who is it for?

The Importance of Mental Health

Most of our guests are living with a mental health issue.

Some of our guests have lived with severe and persistent mental illness (like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) for most of their lives, while others are experiencing issues like anxiety and depression because of the trauma associated with being homeless.

But because of you, we're able to provide the support our guests need.

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