Wet shoes and a warm heart
Yesterday was a big day for Bread for the City. A BIG ONE. Yesterday, we symbolically broke ground at 1710 Good Hope Road, SE, the future home of our new service center. This day was a long time coming, and was full of excitement, love, and hope.
I am one happy camper.
Over 150 people braved the weather to share their hopes for our new 30,000 square foot home on Good Hope Road. We heard all about the project, we ate bagels and drank coffee, and we happily posed in the mud wearing hard hats.
All who spoke, from city leaders like Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to Bread for the City leaders like CEO George A. Jones and Client Advisory Council President LaShawn Weathers, agreed that we need to uphold our commitment to dignity, respect, service, and justice by opening a new center in Ward 8. When complete, this new facility will offer all of our comprehensive services and more: legal assistance, food and clothing, social services, advocacy, and for the first time at our Southeast Center, in-house medical care including vision, dental, and behavioral health support.
Bread for the City has evolved a lot in the last 40+ years. We have made the fight for justice a key part of our mission, and this building will give us the space to collaborate to end racism in the District. As BFC’s Board Chairman, Paul Taskier, said, “We committed ourselves to racial equity because an unequal society is an unjust society.”
If we want to uphold this commitment to equity and justice, we need to Build on Good Hope. And you know what we need to make it happen? YOU! All gifts made to http://breadforthecity.org/donation/givegoodhope/ will go towards funding this ambitious project. We’d love for you to be part of our new story in Southeast DC with a gift today.
Thank you for helping Bread for the City write the next chapter. Together, we can bring much needed services and opportunities to our amazing neighbors living east of the Anacostia River.
Photo credit: Jessica Del Vecchio Photography and Zoeica Images