About So Others Might Eat
So Others Might Eat is the only interfaith, community-based organization in the District of Columbia that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of our city.
Why a holistic approach? It works.
- The combination and centralization of services encourage SOME clients to build on their successes, become increasingly self-reliant, and ultimately overcome the barriers that keep them homeless and destitute.
- Each service that SOME offers is equally important to our clients’ well-being and recovery -- whether it is a winter coat, a hot meal and a hot shower, a doctor’s care, job training, or affordable housing.
- The continuum of care we offer helps us forge a partnership built on trust that keeps the men and women we serve moving forward on a path out of poverty.
- Our reach extends beyond direct service to addressing the systemic causes of poverty and homelessness through advocating for stronger governmental policies.
The results are dramatic:
Thousands of people have transformed their lives, lifted themselves out of poverty, and are now living productive, meaningful lives in our communities. You can read and hear stories from individuals who have turned their lives around on our Success Stories page.
In 2011, with the help of caring supporters, SOME provided
- 248,205 hot nutritious meals for hungry children, women, and men in our Dining Rooms
- 141,215 meals served across our rehabilitative programs
- 22,306 showers and sets of free clothing for homeless men and women
- 29 abused and neglected elderly with housing, meals and services
- 2,051 homeless and low income individuals with medical and dental services in our clinics
- 1,550 adults with individual and group counseling, case management and continuing care
- 5 affordable apartment buildings with supportive services for 80 formerly homeless famlies with 196 children
- 406 formerly homeless and extremely low income single adults, in affordable housing with supportive services
- 537 homeless men and women in safe housing with rehabilitative programs designed to help participants maintain sobriety, stabilize mental health and find employment
- 67 homeless and extremely low income women and men graduated from our six month job training program. Sixty-seven precent of graduates are now employed and earning an average wage of $11.45 an hour
We hope you will join us as we continue to serve the hundreds of men, women and children who come to us every day for support, nourishment, guidance, and encouragement as they strive to turn around their lives.