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WE’RE GROWING

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.

We can’t wait to get started.

CONSTRUCTION START 2018
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION 2019
PROGRAMS OPEN TO COMMUNITY By 2020
MARIAN MEEKINS, BFC PATIENT

Whatever problem you have going on in this city, they’re gonna help you.

THE NEED

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.

Read Geraldine's story

Each year, more than 34,000 people come through the doors of Bread for the City.
They all have their own rich story to tell.

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.

THE RIGHT HELP AT THE RIGHT TIME can make all the difference in the world, helping individuals and families find stability, and allowing communities to thrive. At this crucial juncture in our history, we’re turning to you.

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:

  • We are unable to provide comprehensive medical services. There are not enough providers in wards 7 and 8, making it expensive and difficult for the community to see a physician when they need one most.
  • We experience overcrowding, which forces us to limit the hours and growth of some programs. For example, our diaper and clothing programs are only available 2-3 days a week instead of full-time.
  • We have insufficient storage space, and many hallways and rooms must serve a dual purpose (making them less comfortable spaces for clients).

With your help, however, BFC can overcome these challenges and better serve the community.

The Need CHEARIE PHELPS-EL BFC COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND CLIENT

People can’t understand our lives because they don’t see when our kids go to bed hungry
and then wake up hungry; or when the bills go up and you can’t pay them.
You can’t understand what that does to people…unless you’ve experienced it.

New Building Highlights

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30,000

SQUARE FOOT FACILITY

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CLINIC

EAST OF THE RIVER

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JOBS

CENTER

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ROOFTOP

GARDEN

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20,000

SE CLIENTS

Building Capacity and Infrastructure

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).

Investing in Health and Wellness

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 3,000 patients and behavioral health care to 1,000 patients. We will open a dental clinic to provide cleanings, extractions, dentures, and x-rays to 2,000 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.

Creating a Jobs Center

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.

Expanding Urban Agriculture

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.

When you support Bread for the City,
you help our neighbors in DC.

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THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN

Right now, the Building on Good Hope project is just an empty lot. With your help, we will fill it. Your one-time gift
or multi-year pledge will transform this corner of Southeast DC into a place of hope—Good Hope, to be exact.

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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.

LEAVE YOUR MARK

Donate a Selfie: Print this “What Hope Means” card, and take a pic with your response! Tag @BreadfortheCity to let us see your smiles!

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BECAUSE OF YOU:

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CHILDREN

will receive immunizations, dental care, and school physicals.

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PARENTS

will work with counselors to address the stress of poverty and break the cycle.

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JOB SEEKERS

will interview wearing new suits, increasing their chances of securing good jobs.

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TENANTS

will have their rights defended in court.

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FRESH PRODUCE

will be on dinner plates all over Southeast DC.

Make your commitment to Building on Good Hope today and have a direct impact on the lives
of those who need it most, when they need it most. The community is counting on all of us.

Let’s Go!

Contact us for more information about the Good Hope Road Expansion Project or to make a gift.

Contact Person

GEORGE A. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

GJones@BreadfortheCity.org
202-386-7602

Contact Person

ANDREA MESSINA

Chief Development Officer

AMessina@BreadfortheCity.org
202-386-7613