When it comes to the problem of homelessness in our nation’s capitol, the statistics are staggering. More than 15,000 people are homeless in Washington, DC over the course of a calendar year – one of the highest rates in the country. On a single night in January of this year, 6,865 Washingtonians were homeless – 512 of whom were unsheltered. Sadly, the situation is not improving: the number of homeless families in DC has increased nearly 40 percent since 2009.
Walk down any street in downtown Washington, and the epidemic of homelessness can seem overwhelming. Fortunately there are concrete ways to get involved and contribute to a solution.
With a mission of offering path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health, the DC Central Kitchen helps unemployed men and women replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives. Last month, this innovative community resource launched a new partnership with the N Street Village focused on giving homeless women the tools they need to break free from the cycle of poverty and start a new life. Through the initiative, women will receive culinary job training, participate in empowerment workshops, and receive the comprehensive care they need to ensure success in the program.
Please join me, Angelyn, Sunday for a donation-based yoga class to benefit the DC Central Kitchen. A representative from the Kitchen will be on hand to provide additional information about their new program and how you can get involved. I hope to see you there!
2nd Sunday Charity Class: Sunday, September 8 – 3:30-4:30pm