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I never thought of myself as an advocate. Like a lot of people, I always thought an advocate was someone with skills that I didn’t have. Some kind of political specialist or something.
But the truth is, advocacy comes naturally to me. Because to be an advocate, you only need to do two things: first, you need to care. And second, you need to tell someone that you care.
It’s common knowledge that chronic homelessness is expensive, but until recently, we’ve never been able to prove just what it costs the District.
Last week, that changed. Thanks to our partnership with the Advisory Board Company, we were able to unveil new data to prove to our leaders that this is an issue we literally can’t afford to ignore.
Three facts you should know:
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been knocked out at how eager our community is to support our guests. When we ran low on coffee, you overwhelmed us with your generosity. When our guests needed warm clothes, the donations came rolling in.
We are so grateful.
We’re writing to you today, because our guests still need your help.
Monthly "Fourth Thursday" Volunteer Happy Hour
Thursday, February 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
716 Monroe Street, NE
Thank you so much.
Last week, we asked for your help.
In the grand scheme of things, it may have been a simple ask: a request to help us replenish our supply of coffee.
But it was also an investment in our community -- an opportunity to maintain Miriam's Kitchen as a warm place of belonging for our guests. A place where anyone can enjoy a cup of coffee and feel they are welcome.
We never could have imagined your response.
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.