Mary House: Helping families in need.

Posted by Abbott Klar Real Estate on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 7:41am

Mary house is a volunteer organization, based in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington DC,  working directly with homeless and refugee families.  Managing 9 houses and 40 apartments for over 50 families.  Providing shelter, transitional and long term supportive housing, food, clothing and furniture.  (They are a very well run charity organization and spend only 3.7% on administrative costs)  Jake actually came to DC as an Americorp volenteer and worked with Mary House for 2 years. We continue to support their efforts through Charity Golf tornement and helping with their annual "help the Homeless" Walkathon.

Please consider donating to this great cause.  You can also contribute through CFC (#33368)

Mary House was recently honored and featured in the 2013-14 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.  "Over 100 reviewers from foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits, and the philanthropic advisory community evaluate applicants in all fields- the environment, arts, education, human Services- for excellence, impact, and fiscal responsibility. "

The review:
"Some lost their homes after hurricane Katrina and others after returning from Iraq; some have immigrated from Mexico or Latin America and others have journeyed from Rwanda and Cameroon to seek political asylum; some are receiving long-term treatment at Walter Reed. Nearly all of Mary House's clients have been traumatized by natural disaster, war, violence, or loss. So the transitional housing program comes first, supplemented by food deliveries, clothing, games, school supplies – and counseling. After school, youngsters work on language 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 new 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 ensures that everyone has access to the resources they need. Recovering from trauma and then rebuilding a life can be a daunting experience. Your partnership makes a world of difference here"


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