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New “Advocacy Fellows” Program Leverages Skills and Perspectives of Formerly Homeless Experts to Advance Mission of Ending Chronic Homelessness in Washington, D.C.
Miriam’s Kitchen welcomes Mayor-elect Bowser’s selection of Laura Green Zeilinger to lead the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS). As the current Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Mrs. Zeilinger brings to this role not only an intimate understanding of our nation’s homelessness crisis, but also the collaborative skill set necessary to align various agencies and city leaders behind the one common goal of ending homelessness in the District of Columbia.
It’s a phrase you often hear at this time of year:
Home for the Holidays.
Last week I asked our guest, Shandell, how he used to feel when he heard "Home for the Holidays."
“I was homeless for many years, staying in shelters. It’s a terrible way to live. I was alone and away from the world. I couldn’t go home.”
Today’s the day! It’s Giving Tuesday. I’m asking you to be a part of the global movement to make a difference today.
The winter weather has arrived and your support will help our guests in their day to day struggle to survive. But you can also help our guests to make real changes in their lives.
Your support allows us to provide nutritious meals, supportive case management and therapeutic art sessions to over 4,500 homeless people.
We know how Thanksgiving can be.
Perhaps you're stressed out about travelling. Maybe the impending holiday shopping has you stressed. Or maybe you just aren't up for all of those questions about whether you'll be bringing "anyone special" to dinner this year.
And now someone just asked you to bring a side dish.
Don't worry. Chef Emily's got you covered!
This was a particularly exciting Veterans Day in the District of Columbia. You undoubtedly heard about the stellar Concert for Valor, which drew hundreds of thousands to D.C. to celebrate our vets and honor their service.
But the process of honoring our vets started several hours before Dave Grohl or the Boss took the stage.
In light of this week’s Mayoral election, we asked our resident Advocacy Guru, Kurt Runge, for his perspective. Kurt is MK’s Director of Advocacy, and a founding partner of The Way Home Campaign.
"On behalf of all of the partners in the Way Home Campaign, as well as every D.C. resident seeking a solution to the city’s homelessness crisis, we are excited to work together with Mayor-Elect Bowser to end homelessness in D.C.
Each year, Miriam’s Kitchen’s Case Management team welcomes a new group of volunteer corps members. And each year, they knock us out with their tireless passion, energy and commitment to our guests! This week, we’re getting to know a particularly energetic new addition at MK, Jesuit Volunteer Corps member, EJ de Lara.
Where are you from, and how did you come to Washington, D.C.?