SOME runs 38 programs and there is always a lot going on! Here are some recent events in our programs from February.
The residents of Shalom House had a fabulous time learning how to cook a delicious and nutritious meal with Cooking Matters, an organization dedicated to helping low-income DC residents shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. The first class of a six-week program, the men and women at Shalom House are so excited to expand their cooking knowledge! This program is just one part of the Health and Wellness Initiative that teaches residents more about self-care, healthy choices, giving back, physical activity and cooking.
In February, SOME held four Family Services Education and Employment Fairs for parents and children in our affordable housing. SOME was pleased to welcome SOME Center for Employment Training; University of the District of Columbia Admissions Office, Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and UDC Workforce Development; DC School Reform Now; My School DC; DCPS Enrollment Team and Office of Early Childhood Education; Street Wise; YWCA; and the Veterans Benefits Administration. As an extension to the Education and Employment Fair, families met with representatives from OSSE’s DC Tag Program and College and Career Readiness Post-secondary Education Department during DC College Application Month. In March, families will meet with representatives from Serving Our Children to learn about the DC Opportunity Scholarship.
Kuehner House and Senior Center
Trayon White, Ward 8 Councilmember, celebrated Black History Month with “The Rosa Parks Get on the Bus Tour,” stopping at SOME Kuehner House to visit with the residents and the members of our Senior Center. The seniors and staff welcomed Councilmember White, taking him on a tour of the facilities and sitting down to discuss Black History Month while sharing a meal. The residents were pleased to meet with Councilmember White to talk about the needs of the seniors in Ward 8 and the District. The day was a great way to honor and recognize achievements by black Americans and the role of black Americans in US history and today.
SOME values advocacy on behalf of the poor in collaborative partnerships to address the root causes of homelessness, hunger and poverty. In February, SOME’s Advocacy Department, along with staff and residents from SOME programs, provided testimonies and attended hearings and community meetings to advocate for the poor and homeless in the District. At the DC Office on Aging Oversight Hearing at the Wilson Building, Maureen Betz, Program Director of SOME Senior Services, provided information on the comprehensive services SOME provides to more than 290 seniors and also addressed concerns to the committee. Betty Gentle, SOME Advocacy and Community Engagement Specialist, is working with our Senior Center, coaching and providing assistance with advocacy efforts. The seniors are very excited to become more involved in social justice and advocacy.