Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Homelessness Since 1970

Restoring Hope and Dignity to Over 10,000 DC Residents Every Year

Since 1970, we been a care provider and a beacon of hope to residents in our nation’s capital. Our services are available to individuals, families, senior citizens, veterans and those affected by physical or mental illness. Every day, we are working to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through our comprehensive approach, which we call Whole Person Care.

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SOME Success Stories

Meet some of the valued members of our community and hear directly from them. Learn more about how our services and staff have changed their lives and helped them build more hopeful futures.

Heaven & Maya

When Maya first came to SOME, her daughter, Heaven, had severe health problems. She spent most of the first year of her life in the hospital. After Maya and Heaven moved from a homeless shelter to SOME’s two-year transitional housing program, their lives began to change. Maya enrolled Heaven in a school run by one of SOME’s education partners (Bright Beginnings?). With the support of her Family Services Case Manager, Maya learned about financial literacy and how to build her credit. 

Sherita

One rainy night, Sherita says, “I cried out to God… in the morning, when the sun came up, I made the decision that I needed something better for my life.” Learn more about Sherita’s journey.

James

James came to SOME in search of a meal not knowing that he also needed addiction recovery support and medical attention. He shares, “There was that day of reckoning…that moment of clarity…I was focused on doing everything I needed to do.”

Noelia

At 16, Noelia was left homeless with two young children. Find out how she created a bright future for her family, and why she says, “I always said that I would take off, and I did!”

Retaining Dignity at SOME Senior Services

SOME Senior Services offers a variety of programs that meet the special needs of seniors, including affordable housing. Hear from Marie and James about how SOME has impacted their lives.

Learn How We Meet Our Client's Needs

There are many triggers that lead to homelessness, including job loss, domestic violence and illness. In a city like Washington, DC, with our soaring cost of living and lack of affordable housing, many of our neighbors are just one hardship away from dislocation. 

Every day, SOME is working tirelessly to support many of the over 6,000 people in our nation’s capital who are experiencing homelessness. We start by meeting their basic needs—providing them with a toothbrush, a shower, a mailbox. After we’ve established trust, we work with them to develop long-term plans for their health and wellness, employment, and housing.

SOME by the Numbers

We continuously evaluate the impact of our services on our clients, their communities and the systems that affect their daily lives. Learn more below.

254,985

Meals served, including take-out as well as in our dining rooms and residential programs

23,991

Sets of clothes distributed

10,618

Showers for men, women and children in need of emergency services

22,890

Client visits a doctor, dentist, therapist or case worker in our Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Clinics

1,973

Adults received the care they needed after experiencing homelessness and chronic mental illness

224

Adults received comprehensive addiction recovery services, including our residential treatment program

95%

Residents with a history of substance use maintained sobriety from drugs and alcohol after entering our affordable housing program

12

Seniors placed in emergency housing after experiencing elderly abuse and neglect

245

Adult students received intensive job training through our Center for Employment Training

49%

Residents of our affordable housing program remained employed during their stay

58%

Graduates employed after completing our Center for Employment Training program

$18/hour

Average hourly wage earned by our Center for Employment Training graduates

1,295

Residents enrolled in our affordable housing program

202

Families, including 309 children and 222 adults, live in our affordable housing

86%

Residents paid their rent on-time while enrolled in our affordable housing program

227

Units in development for our affordable housing program

It’s because of supporters like you that we’re able to provide essential assistance to our DC neighbors.

Over 91.5% of every dollar donated goes directly to our lifesaving services. Help us amplify our impact by donating today.

Download Our Annual Impact Reports

2021 Annual Report

We established new care pathways, grew our continuum of care and standardized our services to better meet the evolving needs of our clients. COMING SOON!

2020 Annual Report

As our nation’s capital battled coronavirus, SOME ensured that our most overburdened neighbors received the care and services they needed.