Some lost their homes after hurricane Katrina and others after returning from Iraq; some have immigrated from Mexico or Latin America and others have journeyed from Rwanda and Cameroon to seek political asylum; some are receiving long-term treatment at Walter Reed. Nearly all of Mary House's clients have been traumatized by natural disaster, war, violence, or loss. So the transitional housing program comes first, supplemented by food deliveries, clothing, games, school supplies – and counseling. After school, youngsters work on language and study skills (summer means day camp). Parents study English too, and a women’s support group explores issues of common concern, like raising a child in a new country. Families attend workshops on money management, home ownership, employment, and other topics. In-house advocates help them access the medical and child services for which they are eligible, and a web of partnerships ensures that everyone has access to the resources they need. Recovering from trauma and then rebuilding a life can be a daunting experience. Your partnership makes a world of difference here.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 5; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; Brookland Park; Michigan Park

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Elsie Stokes Whitlow Charter School

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Budget (FY2012)

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