On July 29, leaders from the District’s government, business and charitable communities joined SOME for the ceremonial groundbreaking of our site on Benning Road in NE, DC. Named The Conway Center in honor of Joanne Conway and SOME’s Building Hope Capital Campaign Chair William E. Conway, Jr., the facility will combine 202 units of affordable housing, an expanded SOME Center for Employment Training (SOME CET) and a Medical and Dental Health Center operated by Unity Health Care. Watch a story about the groundbreaking that aired on WJLA News.
“This will be the first facility in the District of Columbia to offer homeless and low-income women, children and men safe affordable housing, job training and health care, all in one place.” said Fr. John Adams, SOME President. “It is a natural evolution of SOME’s holistic and comprehensive approach to serving homeless and low-income individuals and families.”
The event featured remarks by Fr. Adams; Mr. Conway; Linda Jo Smith, Chair, SOME Board of Directors; Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 7; Marvin Turner, Field Office Director, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Director Laura Zeilinger, D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS); Oramenta Newsome, Program Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Roy Swan, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; and Dr. Janelle Goetcheus, Chief Medical Officer and Executive VP for Medical Affairs, Unity Health Care. Rabbi Aaron Alexander of Adas Israel Congregation concluded the speaking program with a blessing. View event photos.
“SOME is best suited to develop this project because they understand that both place and people matter,” said Oramenta Newsome, Program Vice President of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a nonprofit dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity. “SOME has a long interest of bringing quality housing and a myriad of resources that improve the quality of life of its clientele and add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.”
“We hope this development will bring other businesses to the area,” said Linda Jo Smith. “Benning Road is central to Ward 7, and the site will go from being vacant to having a beautiful building where people will be able to get medical care, have safe housing and get job training. SOME is really looking out for people in Ward 7 and the city as a whole.”