Bread for the City is building a new 30,000 square foot center at 1710 Good Hope Road SE. You can help!
Join us in the effort to increase the number of people we serve, offer new programming, expand community partnerships, and improve the overall client experience in DC’s Anacostia community.
Whatever problem you have going on in this city, they’re gonna help you.
Poverty is a critical issue in the District of Columbia. In the most recent national census, nearly one in five DC residents (126,697)
and one in three children reported living in poverty. Nearly 25% of DC residents use federal SNAP benefits (food stamps). While the DC economy continues to thrive, many residents, especially people of color, are being left behind.
Geraldine was living in an apartment above three-year-old Dominique and his mother. Dominique’s mother battled drug addiction, and Dominique was a victim of child abuse and neglect. One day, Geraldine knocked on the mother’s door and said to her, “If you need my help, I will help you.”
Geraldine took Dominique in, giving him a safe home, and began the process to obtain legal custody. It took a year, and by that time Geraldine was in her fifties, experiencing medical issues, and struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. Geraldine turned to Bread for the City for assistance.
Bread for the City helped Geraldine fill her cupboards and closet, alleviating anxiety for her and her child. Later, we were able to give them what they needed to celebrate Thanksgiving
in the comfort of their own home, creating traditions and memories for their new family.
But Dominique and Geraldine’s challenges weren’t over. They needed to find a new home (one unlike their current pest-infested apartment) and away from the violence in their neighborhood. Bread for the City’s housing program found them a two-bedroom apartment in a new neighborhood, helping them stay safe.
Today, Geraldine and Dominique are thriving, and they continue to work with and benefit from Bread for the City’s programs. Geraldine even gives back as a volunteer. In 2015, she received a Good Hope Award in recognition of her dedicated service to Bread for the City.
Bread for the City opened its current Southeast Center at 1640 Good Hope Road SE in 2002, and it reached full capacity within a matter of months. Today, our 9000 SF facility provides food, clothing, comprehensive social services, and legal advice and representation through nearly 52,000 client visits each year. The demand for our services continues to outpace capacity. We need a new Southeast Center.
In the Anacostia community (where our SE Center is located) poverty is three times higher than the rest of Washington, DC. BFC’s programs already help individuals and families facing challenge to find and maintain stability with dignity … but more work needs to be done.
In our current SE center:
With your help, however, BFC can overcome these challenges and better serve the community.
SQUARE FOOT FACILITY
EAST OF THE RIVER
Within the new Center, Bread for the City will expand all existing programs: food, clothing, legal and social services. We will create larger waiting areas and meeting rooms, increase storage capacity, expand access to technology, and increase total clients served to 75,000 total center visits each year (a 13%+ increase).
The District of Columbia could save $34M in emergency room visit costs if all residents had regular access to primary care. Bread for the City’s new Southeast Center will bring our primary care clinic to Good Hope Road SE in addition to Northwest DC. We will provide annual physicals, lab tests, medications, job physicals, needle exchange, and asylum examinations to 2,000 patients and behavioral health care to 1,000 patients. We will open a dental clinic to provide cleanings, extractions, dentures, and x-rays to 1,000 patients and a vision clinic to provide screenings, medication management, and minor surgical procedures for 500 patients. Lastly, we will install a wellness center (complete with a recreation room, locker rooms, showers, private counseling rooms, classrooms, and a kid-friendly waiting room) so that our patients have the resources they need to make a sustained investment in their own physical and mental health.
Unemployment in Ward 8 stands at three times that of Wards 1, 2 and 3. Bread for the City’s Pre-Employment Program provides job seekers with training, mentorship, case management, paid internship opportunities, and long-term support. The new Southeast Center will feature a brand new jobs center with a smart classroom, computer lab, counseling rooms, and training space. We will be able to more than double the number of program participants to 250 each year and improve on our 75% success rate for PEP graduates who transition to stable employment, internships, or continuing education programs.
Wards 7 and 8 are home to the District’s largest food deserts: areas that lack easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and other whole and healthy foods. BFC’s food program already distributes more than $1.2M in free groceries to families and individuals at risk of hunger each year—but it’s not enough. We must do more.
Crowning the new Good Hope Road facility will be a rooftop vegetable garden and educational space. This green space will host gardening classes, wellness and social work programs, and community gatherings, as well as grow produce to be distributed in the food pantry. Plus, it will address stormwater runoff needs and other environmental impacts.
The total project cost for Building on Good Hope is $22,374,310. The funding mix includes New Market Tax Credit Financing,
local and federal government contributions, and your generous support.
will receive immunizations, dental care, and school physicals.
will work with counselors to address the stress of poverty and break the cycle.
will interview wearing new suits, increasing their chances of securing good jobs.
will have their rights defended in court.
will be on dinner plates all over Southeast DC.
Contact us for more information about the Good Hope Road Expansion Project or to make a gift.