Rachael's Women's Center
WISH LIST: $300: lunch for 75 homeless women; $500: case management for 40 homeless women for 2 weeks; $5000: 2 months worth of permanent supportive housing for a woman in need
Emergency shelters provide for the nighttime needs of homeless people – some 15,235 of them according to a 2012 Point in Time Survey – but do very little to address the massive problems that confront them when they wake up in the morning. The Day Shelter Program at Rachael's Women's Center supplements evening shelters, providing refuge and healing for homeless women age 17 and older. Breakfast, lunch, and a late afternoon snack are provided. Counseling, 12-step meetings, case management, assistance in applying for benefits, and referrals for other needs are all there. Shower and laundry facilities, used clothing, and a place to receive mail (important when applying for jobs) are designed to make Rachael's a home for those who have none. A Street Outreach program brings men and women in for showers and laundry facilities (often the first step in getting them more engaged) and Permanent Supportive Housing is provided to 17 women with mental health issues. Rachael's goal is to make all of its clients "formerly homeless" women. Your support helps make it happen.
1222 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001