Founded in 1976, when seniors were being abandoned in hospitals or even on the streets, Downtown Cluster provides therapeutic and supportive services to at-risk, functionally-impaired, and low-income elders (average age is 82) – enabling them to remain in the communities and homes they love. Preventing isolation and fostering independence are key, so the Center provides health education and monitoring, home visits, occupational and physical therapy, counseling, food distribution, social and cultural outings, respite subsidies and support groups for caregivers, and even telephone reassurance for those in need. Intergenerational programs nurture connections between seniors and youth and encourage lifelong health and wellness; the A-Team program brings together toddlers and Alzheimer’s patients, tapping into seniors' nurturing skills and enhancing verbalization. The only adult day program in Ward 2, the Center provides over 40,000 hours of care each year – and a "reason to get up in the morning."

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Other

Population(s) Served: Disabled

Schools They Work In: Our Intergenerational Program includes Thomson Elementary; Bridges Academy, The Norwood School, Francis Junior High, Wilson Elementary and Wilson High School, Davis Elementary School, Plummer Elementary School, C.W. Harris Elementary School, & J. C Knowles Elementry School.

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   61
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   400+

Awards & Recognition

2008 Outstanding Community Service award presented by SecureHorizons.


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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Downtown Cluster's Geriatric Day Care Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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