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Bread for the City

Bread for the City is a private, non-profit organization that provides vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services including food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Through the efforts of over 500 volunteers and the contribution of thousands of community members, our staff serves over 10,000 people each month. All services are free.

Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest, public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Through a network of over 700 member feeding programs, the CAFB distributed nearly 20 million pounds of food last year. The CAFB also educates thousands of local residents on hunger, nutrition and poverty issues.

Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center

Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center is a non-profit agency offering compassionate support and assistance to anyone facing a pregnancy or experiencing post abortion stress.

Carlos Rosario International School

The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is committed to the immigrant community in the District of Columbia. The school provides an academic program that improves literacy and English language skills, English as a Second Language (ESL) proficiency, citizenship knowledge, and GED preparation skills. One program strand offers day and evening classes for adults. The second strand targets at-risk, language minority high school students, offering a dropout recovery program while helping students gain a high school equivalency diploma. Carlos Rosario was chartered in 1997 by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Whether it’s helping chicken farmers and poultry workers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia fight for better working conditions, supporting a Chicago neighborhood-development program to rebuild schools and combat gang activity, or helping airport workers earn a living wage in Los Angeles, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is helping residents of America’s forgotten state break free from poverty.

Since 1970 when it was established by the U.S. Catholic bishops, CCHD has assisted people to rise out of poverty through empowerment programs that foster self-sufficiency. Through private donations and annual parish collections, CCHD has offered more than $260 million in support to nearly 4,000 self-help projects developed by grassroots groups of poor people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Grants are awarded on the basis of need, not religious affiliation.

Each year CCHD distributes national grants to more than 300 community-based projects that improve neighborhoods, educate children, create jobs and more. In addition, hundreds of smaller projects are funded through the 25% share of the annual CCHD collection retained by dioceses. These projects have helped low-income people to change their lives by creating opportunity where none existed before and providing the means for poor people to find solutions to their community’s problems.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of DC

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington is the largest private social service agency in Washington, DC and surrounding Maryland counties. Each year, we serve 80,000 men, women and children through 50 social service programs at 26 community sites. Our programs embrace all needy members of our community, regardless of race, religion or national origin. Our work is inspired by the Gospel mandate to care for the poor, shelter the homeless and protect the oppressed.

Although we serve a large population, our staff and volunteers treat each individual with compassion and the dignity they deserve. We take a grassroots approach to delivering social services that help people become self-sufficient. Our emphasis is on building relationships in the community, reaching out to those in need and maintaining a welcoming environment with easy access to services. We collaborate with other providers to help clients get the services they need and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

We focus on prevention when possible, intervention when needed and advocacy when resources are inadequate. We help people when they are in crisis situations, but we also try to help individuals and families develop the skills ands abilities that enable them to move from crisis and isolation to stability and growth.

Children’s Hospital

For over 130 years, physicians and nurses at Children’s Hospital have been working to safeguard the health of children in Washington DC. What started as a small hospital in the city has grown to a nationally recognized leader in pediatric medicine with research facilities, satellite offices around the beltway, and primary care centers. Our physicians and nurses are among the best in the nation — providing everything from routine well-baby exams to pediatric specialists in all medical disciplines. Children’s is also a research facility, with hundreds of grants and studies performed each year.

Our mission is to be preeminent in providing health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children’s will create solutions to pediatric health care problems. To meet the unique health care needs of children, adolescents and their families, Children’s will excel in Care, Advocacy, Research and Education.

Community Bridges/Jump Start Girls

Since 1997, Community Bridges has steadily and successfully built a model empowerment and leadership program for early adolescent girls in a low-income neighborhood of East Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Maryland. Jump Start Girls! (Adelante Niñas!) meets a critical need for free, long-term, comprehensive, multicultural education programs for girls from immigrant and low-income families.

DC Scores

DC Scores is the local arm of the America SCORES. America Scores is a national non-profit bringing soccer and literacy to kids across the country. America SCORES provides a host of resources to urban communities across the country.

Digital Sistas

Digital Sistas is a non-profit organization created to promote and provide technology education and enrichment for young girls and women of color. Current research has shown that women have the least penetration in technology fields. This number is exacerbated by the inclusion of ethnic dimensions. Young girls are continuously sent daily messages that technology is “not for them.” Working through enhance partnerships with community based organizations, corporations, technology centers and local schools, Digital Sisters provides assistance in closing the gender gap in technology by developing and implementing programs that promote needed life skills training. Their educational philosophy is based on a participatory and interactive learning approach.

Family Place

The Family Place is a community drop-in center that provides hospitality, resources, and support services to expectant parents and families with young children. Set in a multi-cultural and multi-racial environment, our programs help meet emergency needs, provide information and education, enhance long-term family stability, and promote the growth of a community of support among parents. The Family Place focuses on expectant parents and families with children through age five because of the critical importance of the early years in every child’s life.

The Family Place collaborates and partners with other community agencies in helping to provide a network of services for low-income, underserved families. The 2004 annual budget is $596,000. The Family Place currently serves approximately 300 families each year. Services are free for participating families.

Food and Friends

For people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses, the battle is far from over. We just make sure no one has to do it on an empty stomach. Food & Friends prepares, packages and delivers meals and groceries to nearly 1,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses such as breast, lung and colon cancer throughout Washington, DC and 14 counties of Maryland and Virginia. Since 1988, Food & Friends has provided food and companionship to our clients, their loved ones and caregivers.

Gear Up/ Paul Public Charter School

The mission of Paul Public Charter School is to offer all students a quality academic education that will enable them to become responsible and productive individuals, critical and independent thinkers, cooperative team players and outstanding community leaders.

Girl Scouts Young Leaders Program

Heads Up

Founded in 1996, Heads Up is a non-profit organization that runs education and enrichment programs for children and families living in the most under-resourced parts of Washington, D.C.

A unique type of organization, Heads Up draws particularly on the untapped potential of the city’s college students as its tutors, teachers, and mentors. At the same time, Heads Up helps these college students understand their social responsibilities and trains them in the leadership skills to carry them out.

House of Ruth

Helping women, children and families in greatest need throughout the District of Columbia since 1976, House of Ruth provides a comprehensive array of housing, services and supports in nurturing environments. At House of Ruth, women, children and families heal and work heard to learn the skills to live independently so they can eliminate homelessness and abuse from their lives, on a typical day, we serve 500 people, approximately half of whom are women.

Immaculate Conception School

The Center City Consortium, the cornerstone of a project called “Faith in the City,” was formed in 1997 under the direction of James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington. The goal is to stabilize and revitalize the inner city Catholic schools located in the neediest neighborhoods of Washington, DC.

The Consortium seeks to turn these schools into nationally recognized centers of excellence that demonstrate what Catholic schools can and do accomplish in inner cities across the United States.

Kids 2 College DC

Kids2College is a pre-college early awareness program that builds on the theme “it takes a whole village to raise a child.”  K2C creates partnerships between middle school students, families, college/universities, community- and faith-based organizations to encourage students and families to prepare for postsecondary education. The program’s primary objectives are to show students and families in low-income and underrepresented communities that higher education is within their reach and to explain how they can begin preparing now for life to and beyond high school.

Martha’s Table

Martha’s Table is a volunteer-supported, non-profit organization founded in 1980, dedicated to fulfilling the needs of low-income and homeless children, families, and individuals.

Mary House

Mary House, an organization that provides transitional housing services, shelter and support programs to homeless and struggling families, and was founded on the concept that “smaller is better”.. The philosophy at Mary House has always been to help others as we ourselves would want to be helped while providing a safe haven that allows for families to reclaim their dignity. Mary House is run entirely on donations and grants.

Mary House works predominately with the low-income Latin American population of Washington, D.C. and recently expanded its services to resettling Bosnian and Kosovo refugee families. With ten sites in Northeast Washington D.C. and Takoma Park, Maryland, Mary House serves an average of 125 people at a time, with over half of those being children. Expanded support services of Mary House serve an additional hundred families a month. During its nineteen-year history Mary House has sheltered and cared for hundreds of families.

Maya Angelou Public Charter School

See Forever is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the growth and development of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School. The Maya Angelou Public Charter School is a two-campus, alternative high school located in the District of Columbia.

Our mission is to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can reach their potential. At Maya Angelou our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills that they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change in their communities.

N Street Village

N Street Village was founded in 1973, an inter-faith response to the suffering in our nation’s capital. Since then, concerned people of many faiths have been working together to meet the immediate and long-term needs of homeless women and low-income families. Services for homeless women include a day center, night shelter, Wellness Center, addiction recovery programs and community living for those with mental illness. Services for families include affordable rental housing and childcare.

We are rooted in the ancient biblical concept of hospitality — “welcoming the stranger” — that brings mutual blessing to both guest and host. Each of us has a gift to give: the opportunity to assist another person in their journey back to wholeness and well-being. In this way, we complete ourselves and make our community whole.

National Coalition for the Homeless

Our mission is to end homelessness. We focus our work in the following four areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil and voting rights. Our approaches are: grassroots organizing, public education, policy advocacy, technical assistance, and partnerships.

St. Ann’s Infant Home

Remarkably, St. Ann’s was chartered by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1863. In Lincoln’s time, Washington was a city at war, overrun by soldiers, uprooted civilians, and businessmen hoping to make money supplying the military. St. Ann’s Infant Asylum, as it was known then, was charged with caring for the city’s growing number of abandoned children and unwed mothers of all races and religions, many of whom who had “no place else to turn.”

Throughout the years St. Ann’s has continued to care for needy women and children in the Washington metropolitan area, adapting our programs and services to respond to the needs of the day. St. Ann’s has served as an orphanage, an adoption agency, an emergency shelter for abused children, a training ground for teenage mothers and an affordable day care program for working families.

To meet the growing need for services, in 1962 St. Ann’s moved from the city to a larger facility in Hyattsville, Maryland, our current home. In 2002, St. Ann’s provided help, love and support for more than 450 women and children through our Children’s Residential, Teen Mother-Baby, Community Day Care and Faith House programs.

St. John’s Community Services

St. John’s Community Services mission is to advance community support and opportunities for people living with disabilities. For 136 years St. John’s Community Services role as a non-profit human service agency has been to create innovative ways to assist children and adults with special needs as well as the communities in which they live. St. John’s Community Services embodies a continuing search for the most effective ways to integrate people with disabilities into the living fabric of our community. St. John’s Community Services advances its mission through practices that offer models for other agencies, through community advocacy and education and through collaboration with government agencies at every level as part of the policy creation process.

St. Martin’s Church-Aftercare Program

St. Martin’s is a welcoming diverse and open parish family, deeply rooted in God’s word and open to the Spirit. We give witness to Gospel values by loving and serving one another and by seeking to promote justice and peace to build God’s Kingdom. We value and celebrate the Eucharist as the center of our Christian faith.

We warm heartedly welcome all visitors, and are pleased to extend an invitation to come and fellowship with us. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and greet you in the near future. Our church family would be very pleased to see you become a part of our Christian community.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork

Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) delivers comprehensive services to meet the urgent needs of at-risk youth and their families and is a key provider of youth and family services in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding community. As a private, non-profit agency, SBY offers unique programs designed to provide a wide-range of services to young people and their families.

SBY views youth and families as having the strengths and competence for creating solutions to their problems and for improving their lives. A family or youth who believes they have the ability to change and can envision a life without the presence of a particular conflict is more apt to attempt to be successful in changing.

Shrine of the Sacred Heart-Meal Program

Spanish Catholic Center/Centro Catolico Hispano

The Spanish Catholic Center provides medical, dental, immigration, legal, education and social services to over 40,000 clients, primarily new Latino immigrants in Mt. Pleasant , Gaithersburg , and Langley Park. The Archdiocese of Washington founded the Spanish Catholic Center in 1967. Over the years, the Center has served immigrants from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and all points in between. Dedicated staff accomplish their mission along with hundreds of professional volunteers who provide caring services on a regular basis.

Turning the Page

Turning the Page links D.C. public schools, families and our community so that together, we can ensure that D.C. students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education.

Trinity Students have served at other sites around the DC area, including

  • Precies Comm.
  • Phone Friends
  • Tenley Friendship Library
  • Day Care Centers
  • New Redeemer Baptist Church
  • Soup Kitchen on G St.
  • Washington Home
  • Nativity Catholic Academy (School)
  • Beacon House
  • Booker T. Washington
  • St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Program

Trinity Office of Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning and Research, 487 Main Hall
Roxana Moayedi, Faculty Director, (202) 884-9266,



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