Three million seniors live below the poverty line in the United States, and, according to recent studies, homelessness among them is likely to increase by 33% in the decade between 2010 and 2020. In the District, where nearly one in five persons lives in abject poverty, the number of poor seniors is likely to skyrocket in the coming years. Most have raised families and worked all their lives, but the “golden years” have become a struggle for survival. The triple jeopardy here is poverty, declining health, and loneliness. So Sarah’s Circle steps in, providing affordable housing (tenant rents are set at 30% of income – after medical expenses), a hot community breakfast and lunch, and a Wellness Center for residents and other neighborhood seniors. Exercise, yoga, meditation, nutrition, and preventive health are all on the menu. Recreational, educational, and artistic programming are also offered, along with basic case management. Sarah’s Circle offers housing, community, companionship, and dignity to seniors. Your compassionate philanthropy makes a world of difference here.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Adams Morgan; Columbia Heights

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

Met-Life Foundation Excellence in Housing Award in 2002
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers Best Community Life Program Award in 2007


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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Sarah's Circle is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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