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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 27, 2017

Press Contact: Karen Cunningham, (202) 544-0631, ext. 100 or (202) 656-7538


Capitol Hill Group Ministry to Celebrate Expansion of Services and Opening of New Offices

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Capitol Hill Group Ministry is excited to announce the official grand opening of its new office on 2nd Street, NE. The non-profit is celebrating by welcoming the community to its annual meeting to see the new offices and hear about the growth in services made possible by the new facilities.

The Annual Meeting and Open House will be held Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at their new offices, 415 Second St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

“It is because of our new offices that we are able to expand on the services we offer and assist more families,” said Karen Cunningham, Executive Director of Capitol Hill Group Ministry.

“We could not be more grateful about this opportunity to expand and enrich even more lives in the District.”

One particular area of growth prompting the need for Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s new office is the rapid expansion of its Family Homelessness Prevention Program. The D.C. Department of Human Services chose Capitol Hill Group Ministry to be one of four organizations to launch the Family Homelessness Prevention Program in the fall of 2015. The program’s early success led to immediate expansion in staffing and services so that Capitol Hill Group Ministry will be able to help nearly three times as many families than initially anticipated.

“Through the Family Homelessness Prevention Program we will be able to reach more families before they experience the crisis of homelessness and provide services to stabilize their housing and set them on a path out of poverty,” said Cunningham. “It’s something we have done for decades, but this partnership with DHS provides new opportunities to serve.”

The move is the result of nearly 5 years of planning and budgeting, with the help of donors, local government, and private funding. The new office will house 24 staff, fellows and contractors.

The services for Homeless individuals will still be offered through the Street Outreach Program and Shirley’s Place, the day hospitality center.

In 2016, CHGM provided housing stabilization services to 459 families at imminent risk of homelessness, including 459 adults and 723 children. 91% of the families we served were able to avoid a shelter stay.

At the Annual Meeting, CHGM will proudly recognize this year’s award recipients: Bill H. Phillips will be presented posthumously with the Ruth Rappaport Wisdom Award; Lauren Cattaneo will be awarded the Champion Award, and Capitol Hill Day School will receive the Premier Partner Award.

 

About CHGM: Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) is a vibrant, non-sectarian nonprofit organization that has provided services to homeless and vulnerable individuals and families on Capitol Hill and across the District of Columbia for nearly 50 years. CHGM serves homeless families and individuals, as well as low-income households from across the District of Columbia. CHGM is one of the DC area’s most cutting-edge, effective catalysts for change that helps homeless people and those at-risk of becoming homeless transform their own lives.  CHGM is known for excellence at providing empowering human services, its highly effective organization, and engagement of our community as partners in its work. CHGM works closely with and is supported by a wide range of religious and secular organizations, large and small businesses, and caring individuals of all stripes who desire to serve their homeless neighbors and pursue long-term solutions to homelessness.

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