What’s special about Southeast Ministry is that it understands its clients well enough to know that they don’t just need a job – they need to believe that they can succeed. That is a tall order in Wards 7 and 8, a community with high rates of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and low levels of education. But Southeast Ministry approaches these problems in a unique way, combining practical classes for men and women (like its job readiness program) with coursework that also explores self-development, family strengthening, and life skills. GED programs prepare students to take the official test, offering classes, small study groups, and private tutorials in math, science, social studies, and writing skills. And support for some of the little things (transportation to class, opening checking and savings accounts, acquiring a uniform and tools for a new job) can make all the difference, removing barriers that could otherwise block the path to success. Self-worth – economic and personal – is what it’s all about. Your generous support helps rebuild an entire community.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County; Our office is located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8 and our partnership in the Skyland Workforce Center is in the Skyland neighborhood

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

Our Executive Director has received the following awards and honors:

· Leadership Greater Washington Signature Program 2014

· 2014 Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award Honorable Mention

· Named a Washingtonian of the Year 2012 (profile in January, 2013 issue)

· Profiled in Sunday Washington Examiner (November, 2010 issue)

· She has also been invited to speak on numerous panels and radio shows, most recently the Kojo Nnamdi show in April 2015 when it was held in SE, DC

· Southeast Ministry has been featured in WAMU 88.5's documentary about Adult Education, "Yesterday's Dropouts."


  • Division of Labor: The Gap Between Skills and Jobs
    Tue Dec 6 2011, WAMU-FM 88.5  
    DC has more jobs than residents but the high unemployment rate is related to many being ill prepared academically to take these positions.

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Southeast Ministry is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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