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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
Meals served, including take-out as well as in our dining rooms and residential programs
Sets of clothes distributed
Showers for men, women and children in need of emergency services
Client visits a doctor, dentist, therapist or case worker in our Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Clinics
Adults received the care they needed after experiencing homelessness and chronic mental illness
Adults received comprehensive addiction recovery services, including our residential treatment program
Residents with a history of substance use maintained sobriety from drugs and alcohol after entering our affordable housing program
Seniors placed in emergency housing after experiencing elderly abuse and neglect
Adult students received intensive job training through our Center for Employment Training
Residents of our affordable housing program remained employed during their stay
Graduates employed after completing our Center for Employment Training program
Average hourly wage earned by our Center for Employment Training graduates
Residents enrolled in our affordable housing program
Families, including 309 children and 222 adults, live in our affordable housing
Residents paid their rent on-time while enrolled in our affordable housing program
Units in development for our affordable housing program