Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers and volunteers begin to serve sandwiches to those experiencing hunger and homelessness in DC’s Ward 5.
Our Provide-a-Meal (PAM) Program launched with the help of local churches, synagogues, businesses and other organizations dedicated to helping us prepare and serve hot, nourishing meals in our Dining Room.
We opened our Dental Clinic and began to provide essential dental services to our community, which included services as such cleanings, root canals, extractions and surgical procedures. We have served more than 6,000 clients.
We began providing essential medical services and support through our Medical Clinic, offering primary care, lab testing, HIV and STD screenings, pap smears, chronic illness management and other essential services. To date, we have served 9,000 clients at our SOME Medical Clinic.
SOME launched its Senior Services program and began providing permanent, affordable
housing for seniors, including emergency housing for those who have been abused or neglected.
We currently house 43 senior adult in Keuhner House, in Ward 8. In Decemer 2021, we opened the Karin House, which provides 40 seniors with newly renovated apartments at the historic Walter Reed campus.
We began offering hot showers and free clothing. Our shower facilities are still available every day of the year, and we also provide free toiletries and towels.
Our Clothing Rroom offers clothes, shoes, accessories and small home goods to our neighbors in need. Everything is free and seasonally appropriate. We also have a special room for children’s clothing, toys and educational items.
The residential addictions treatment program opened in 1989. Today, we offer residential treatment facilities as well as outpatient and medication assisted treatment. To date, we have served more than 1,600 clients through our addiction treatment programs.
We welcome 92 residents to our first long-term affordable housing program, Shalom House. Today, there are 1,295 residents enrolled in our affordable housing program, including single adults, families, veterans and seniors.
We open a second dining room, adjacent to our main Dining Room, to better meet the needs of women and children experiencing homelessness. On an average day, we serve 235 meals to our neighbors in need.
We open the Center for Employment Training (CET), a licensed post-secondary vocational school that offers free, hands-on training in the healthcare and building trades fields. In addition to providing technical instruction—in areas such as CPR, First Aid, Heating and Venting. At CET, students also learn the soft skills they need to secure a new role.
Our Behavioral Health Services program launches to support adults experiencing homelessness and/or poverty by helping them stabilize and maintain their mental health.
We launch our Affordable Housing Initiative, with a goal of creating 1,000 new units of housing for DC residents. We have now exceeded this goal of units completed or in development.
The Conway Center, our most innovative project to date, opens its doors to the community. Conway is the first facility in DC to combine affordable housing, job training and healthcare under one roof. It provides 152 units for single men and women, as well as 30 units for families.
After 42 years as SOME’s President, Father John Adams steps into a new role as President Emeritus. SOME's Board of Directors also appoints Ralph Boyd as the new President and CEO.