Sarah Ford | October 21, 2013

D.C. nonprofit Miriam’s Kitchen changes its focus

Miriam's Kitchen Changes Focus

Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that has been providing meals, case management and mental health treatment to individuals in need for the past 30 years in the District, is now shifting its focus to chronic homelessness in the nation’s capital.

The nonprofit, housed in the stately Western Presbyterian Church in Foggy Bottom, views its new mission as a moral imperative — and achievable thanks to the District’s permanent supportive housing program known as Housing First, according to Scott Schenkelberg, president and CEO of the organization.

Miriam’s Kitchen hopes to play a matchmaker’s role in bringing more awareness to the cause. It aims now to first provide housing for chronically homeless individuals and then address the underlying causes that put them on the street in the first place, including mental health issues, addiction and poverty.

While Schenkelberg said the group was finding success with its initial mission of direct food and mental health services, it kept getting requests for housing that it could never seem to meet on its own.

“What we saw was that when Housing First started on a large scale in the District several years ago, that within a year of its launch, we got 200 of our long-term guests into housing,” Schenkelberg said.

The key to achieving its new goal, according to Schenkelberg, will depend on the organization’s ability to enlist local leaders across the Washington-area community from health care, business, nonprofits and local government. Miriam’s Kitchen has already spent $500,000 from its own reserves in the first year on advocacy and lent management time to District agencies for the Housing First program, but said it still needs institutional investors to keep the effort going.

>> CONTINUE READING

Source: Washington Business Journal

Get Resources and Insights Straight To Your Inbox

Explore More Articles

Celebrating Juneteenth and Continuing to Work in Solidarity for Racial Justice, Equality, and Equity

May 9, 2024

June 19 — also known as Juneteenth, or the nation’s second Independence Day — commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, and therefore the nation,…

Read Article

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2024

May 9, 2024

In honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan – considered the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States – each…

Read Article

Men’s Health Month

May 9, 2024

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to focus on the unique health challenges faced by men and to encourage them to prioritize their physical…

Read Article

Get Resources and Insights Straight To Your Inbox

Receive our monthly/bi-monthly newsletter filled with information about causes, nonprofit impact, and topics important for corporate social responsibility and employee engagement professionals, including disaster response, workplace giving, matching gifts, employee assistance funds, volunteering, scholarship award program management, grantmaking, and other philanthropic initiatives.

newsletter-mock