WISH LIST: $100: 1 month of after-school program supplies; $500: 1 month's van maintenance and gas to transport food to participating families; $1000: utilities for 4 families for 1 month
Some are immigrants from Mexico or Latin America, Togo or Mali; others are refugees from Bosnia or Kosovo; some are victims of Katrina; and others are wounded veterans (and their families) receiving long-term treatment at Walter Reed. Many have been traumatized by war, natural disaster, violence, or loss. At Mary House, the transitional housing program comes first, supplemented by food deliveries from the community pantry, clothing, games, and school supplies -- and counseling. After school, youngsters work on language, homework, and study skills (summer means day camp). Parents study English too, and a women’s support group explores issues of common concern, like raising a child in a foreign country. Families attend workshops on money management, home ownership, employment, and other topics. In-house advocates help them access the medical and child services for which they are eligible, and a web of partnerships works to insure that everyone has access to the resources they need. Recovering from trauma and putting a life back together can be a daunting experience. Your partnership makes a world of difference here.
4303 13th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017