Timeline

Founding

November 1, 1970

SOME is founded by Father Horace McKenna, S.J., Baptist Minister Reverend Griffin Smith, and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons to help feed the city’s destitute citizens.

Provide-A-Meal Program Begins

November 1, 1978

Churches, synagogues, businesses and clubs prepare, bring, and serve hot, well-balanced meals to homeless individuals.

Dental Clinic Opens

October 1, 1979

SOME’s Dental Clinic opens to provide care to the homeless and those unable to afford a dentist. The Georgetown University Dental School partners with SOME to provide care.

Medical Clinic Opens

January 1, 1982

It provides comprehensive health care for homeless and low-income persons. At that time, office dividers were the only clinic “walls” available.

Senior Services Begins

October 1, 1983

SOME opened Dwelling Place Senior Center, now known as the SOME Senior Center, to offer hot meals, health screening, exercises, seminars, arts and crafts, and transportation for senior citizens. In 1984, SOME launched the Caregivers Program, now called the Homebound Senior Program, which provides case management and volunteer services are provided to isolated, frail, homebound elderly persons.

Shower and Clothing Room Opens

November 1, 1983

SOME begins offering hot showers and free, clean clothing.

Isaiah House Opens

January 1, 1986

The therapeutic socialization program offers meals, activities, support and empowerment for homeless men and women with chronic mental illness.

Center for Employment Training (SOME CET) Opens

June 1, 1986

SOME opens a job training program that incorporates technical hard and soft skills training, support services, human development and basic education to prepare low income and homeless adults for living wage jobs.

Exodus House Opens

June 1, 1989

A 90-day residential substance abuse treatment program for homeless men, Exodus House opens on a 45-acre mountaintop plot in West Virginia.

Shalom House Opens

July 1, 1989

The organization opens its first long-term affordable housing program for homeless and low income men and women, including the elderly and the disabled, in NE, DC.

Mickey Leland Place Opens

October 1, 1990

Provides a 90-day residential recovery and employment training program for homeless men.

Thea Bowman House Opens

September 1, 1991

A 12-unit, 2 year transitional housing program for homeless women with children that serves the formerly homeless and those occupying substandard dwellings.

Anna Cooper House Opens

April 1, 1993

SOME opens its second permanent, affordable housing program for single men and women.

Citizens About Real Empowerment (CARE) Founded

May 1, 1993

The group is founded by Shalom House residents trying to preserve their local housing subsidies. With time, the group expands and continues to advocate for safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, and fair policies in our community.

Jeremiah House Opens

May 1, 1993

SOME’s third affordable housing program for single adults provides an environment that fosters respect, dignity, and independent living.

Maya Angelou House Opens

January 1, 1996

This 90-day substance abuse treatment program for homeless women is dedicated at the same West Virginia site as Exodus House, SOME’s residential treatment program for men.

Harvest House Women’s Program Opens

June 1, 1996

Provides transitional housing/job readiness training for homeless women in recovery.

“Main SOME” Opens

June 1, 1996

SOME renovates and opens a 16,000 square foot building at 60 O Street, NW, across from the Dining Room, that houses SOME’s Health Clinics.

Women and Children’s Dining Room Opens

May 1, 1997

This second Dining Room is opened next to the Main Dining Room to better meet the needs of the growing number of homeless women and children.

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Opens

January 1, 2000

BHS provides comprehensive interdisciplinary services including: outreach services; intake and assessment; psychosocial evaluation and treatment; individual and group therapy; case management; addiction outpatient and residential treatment; and, dual diagnosis services.

Social Justice Program Created

August 1, 2000

The program is launched to increase community awareness and education of the interlaced social justice issues that affect poor and homeless individuals and families. The program provides on- and off-site workshops, presentations, education packets, and service learning opportunities.

Affordable Housing Development Initiative Launched

January 1, 2004

Through the initiative, SOME aims to develop 1,000 new units of safe, affordable housing to meet the needs of 2,000 homeless and extremely poor men, women and children.

Michael Kirwan House Opens

March 1, 2005

A “safe house,” the program provides a safe and structured alcohol/drug free residence for homeless clients who are awaiting access to SOME’s residential treatment programs.

Independence Place Opens

September 1, 2005

SOME’s first affordable permanent housing program for low income and formerly homeless families. SOME Place for Kids is also opened at the same location to provide after-school programming for resident youth.

Jordan House Opens

September 1, 2005

This innovative new program provides residential supportive services to DC residents who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

Joseph Smith House Opens

October 1, 2005

SOME’s Southeast Center is renovated to provide 10 units of affordable housing in the Oxford House model.

Freedom House Opens

May 1, 2006

Providing long-term affordable housing for 30 single men.

Mary Claire House Opens

June 1, 2006

Mary Claire House opens next door to the Jordan House psychiatric crisis program to provide safe, transitional housing to adults with chronic mental illness.

Father Horace McKenna House Opens

March 1, 2007

This affordable housing program serves 10 residents in the Oxford House model and is located in Winchester, VA.

Barnaby House Opens

June 1, 2007

An affordable family housing program in SE, DC, Barnaby House provides safe, service-enriched housing to 10 low income and formerly homeless families.

Zagami House Opens

February 1, 2008

An affordable family housing program with supportive services, Zagami House is home to 12 formerly homeless and extremely low income families.

Chabraja House Opens

December 1, 2010

Provides safe, affordable housing for 53 single adults.

Chesapeake Street Opens

December 1, 2010

Provides 22 safe, affordable apartments for low income and formerly homeless families.

Bedford Falls Opens

December 1, 2010

This long-term affordable housing program serves 78 low-income and formerly homeless single men and women.

Kuehner House Opens

September 1, 2011

SOME’s first affordable housing program designed specifically for the elderly includes emergency housing for abused and neglected elderly and a community day center.

Marguerite’s Place Opens

November 1, 2011

Provides a large community space for the families living in Chesapeake and Barnaby House.

Gasner House Opens

April 1, 2012

Provides safe and dignified affordable housing for 49 formerly homeless women and men.

Griffin House Opens

June 1, 2012

Provides safe, affordable housing for 17 single adults and 22 families.

Fendall Heights Opens

April 1, 2013

SOME’s first housing specifically for veterans opens to 21 families and eight single adults.

Marian’s House Opens

June 1, 2014

Provides affordable, dignified housing for 43 low-income men and women.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building Dedicated

July 1, 2014

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building provides safe, affordable housing for 28 homeless families.

Thea Bowman House for Women and Children

June 18, 2015

SOME opens Thea Bowman House for Women and Children, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program where mothers can get help without being separated from their children.

The Conway Center Groundbreaking

July 29, 2015

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.

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