Ending Homelessness: Get Involved

Here are some upcoming one time events and on going projects where you are needed.

Upcoming Events

 

A Housewarming for a Homeless Family

Saturday October 20th, 8am - 2pm
Part of Foundry's Great Day of Service

Foundry will be working with Lighthouse DC to provide a formerly homeless family with basic furniture and household goods as they transition to affordable housing. LightHouse is the only nonprofit service in the DC metro area that moves and furnishes to help them – and address this critical gap.

Details for Foundry day of service:

  • A group of 7-12 church members join the LightHouse team in the community, working shoulder-to-shoulder at a local residence.
  • We move, furnish, clean, cook, and decorate -- in short, together we transform an empty house into a real home!
  • The experience runs approximately 4 hours and culminates with a "home reveal" for the individual or family.
  • Don't worry, professional movers handle the heavy lifting and a pro bono interior designer gives essential design guidance.
  • LightHouse also provides: video & photography of your volunteer experience, complimentary lunch, and optional follow-up learning workshop.

Register here

If you want to contribute the cost of a piece of new furniture, you can do so through the Foundry website - just put GDOS: Housewarming in the memo. That way Lighthouse can cover their costs and keep helping more folks who are moving into housing.

Learn more about Housing First

Sunday November 18th at 10:10am and 12:30pm
Foundry in Davenport

Pathways To Housing will be coming to Foundry to give us a "tour" of how they are ending homelessness through housing first. Learn firsthand how Pathways to Housing DC works to provide home, health and hope to more than 3,000 individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness in Washington, DC.

Longest Night Vigil

Thursday Dec 20th-Friday Dec 21st
Freedom Plaza

Every year the People for Fairness Coalition, an advocacy group of people who have experienced housing instability themselves, hold a vigil to remember those who have died on the streets in the previous year. They spend the night on Freedom Plaza in front of the DC Council office to advocate for an end to homelessness.

Foundry members have been stopping by each year to sing Christmas carols and cheer on the advocates! It's always a lot of fun and at the same time offers support for such important work.

For more information see their website.

 


Recent News


Some recent articles about homelessness you might be interested in:


 

For more information contact: 

Ben Roberts, Director of Social Justice Ministries at broberts@foundryumc.org or the Foundry Homelessness Action team at endhomelessness@foundryumc.org.  

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Volunteer Opportunities

Consider one of these local organizations


Miriam's Kitchen
http://www.miriamskitchen.org/volunteer
They are looking for reliable volunteers to serve meals who can commit to joining us once a month, preferably on a long-term basis.

 

N Street Village
http://www.nstreetvillage.org/volunteer/
Volunteers work as learning lab monitors and tutors, prepare and serve lunches and dinners, pick up donations, help maintain our courtyard garden, help with fundraising and event planning, and offer their professional health services to women in our Wellness Center.

So Others May Eat
http://some.org/volunteer/
Volunteers play an essential role in SOME’s work, helping to feed the homeless and poor in our Dining Rooms, tutor children in our affordable housing programs for families, serve vulnerable elderly and more.

Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development
http://www.cnhed.org/membership/become-a-member/
Volunteers help advocate for affordable housing and economic opportunities for the District.