New Partnership with NFL Defensive End Yannick Ngakoue

Having grown up in a single-mother household in the Washington DC area, Yannick Ngakoue knew he wanted to give back to families in similar circumstances to his. Yannick identified Everyone Home DC, a DC-based organization that supports the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as the recipient of a donation that would help families Everyone Home DC serves in a few different ways.

Yannick’s generous gift will support families living in Ward 7 and Ward 8 with expenses due to domestic violence and the need to access safety quickly, including hotel fees, first and last month’s rent, security deposits, moving expenses, and replacing items that had to be left behind. Other families will be able to access the funds to cover moving expenses related to relocation from unsafe and unhealthy living environments or purchasing a new home. Funds will also provide summer camp experiences to the children of a few families, providing critical summer learning and development opportunities.

In a recent video posted on Yannick’s social media, Yannick shared:

“It’s a special time in our world today to give back to one another and I feel like it’s my calling to be able to help out single moms, especially from my city.”

Yannick “tore up the DC football scene during his high school years.” He played football for Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School, located in Ward 7, receiving the Gatorade Football Player of the Year his senior season. Yannick went on to play at the University of Maryland before joining the NFL. This upcoming season, Yannick will be playing for the Indianapolis Colts. You can learn more about Yannick’s journey in football journalist Tyler Dunne’s Go Long piece.

Everyone Home DC is so incredibly excited to share this new and extremely thoughtful partnership with Yannick Ngakoue in support of single mothers in our city. We are so proud of all that Yannick has accomplished and humbled to be able to share these critical funds with the families we work alongside.

Our Community is Better United for Do More 24

Over the last two years, our city has seen small businesses, families, and loved ones devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone Home DC needs you. And we need you to help us continue our housing solutions and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Now in its 10th year, the Do More 24 movement, powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, brings together area nonprofits in a focused effort to boost the nonprofit economy throughout the region. This year Do More 24 is centered around lifting up our neighbors in need as we recover from the pandemic and reducing disparities to create a more equitable future for all.

Please join Everyone Home DC on Wednesday, May 18, for Do More 24. All you have to do is click this link and give!

We’re #BetterUnited. Together, we can build stronger communities.

Your 2021 Annual Report

On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and clients, Everyone Home DC is proud to present your 2021 Everyone Home DC Annual Report

It is hard to believe that Everyone Home DC has been providing its life-changing programs and services in the face of a pandemic for two whole years! Thank you for standing with us yet again this year.

Within these pages, we reflect on shared experiences and share our vision for the path ahead. We invite you to scroll through a few of the highlights you have made possible. You can view your full 2021 Everyone Home DC Annual Report here.

As we look forward, Everyone Home DC remains committed to working with our community to put the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness at the center of a just recovery. We cannot do this work without you. We are grateful for your unwavering support. 


Won’t You Join Our GoodNeighbor Circle?

As we all continue to settle into 2022, we wanted to invite you to invest monthly in ending homelessness by joining Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle. With your monthly gift, you will join some of Everyone Home DC’s most committed partners dedicated to ending homelessness in the District of Columbia. 

Members of Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle make small, automatic donations each month, which makes it easier for Everyone Home DC to plan long-term, budget more efficiently, and create more life-changing opportunities for individuals and families in our city. You choose how much to give, for how long, and you can change your amount or cancel at any time.

Become a GoodNeighbor with your monthly gift today and ensure all people in our city have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes. Yes! I want to become a GoodNeighbor today!


We are GoodNeighbors. We are Everyone Home DC.
GoodNeighbors make a difference every month—all year long— and they provide a strong foundation by building a consistent and reliable source of support for Everyone Home DC. Read why these generous people give—and why you should consider becoming a GoodNeighbor today.


“I participate in the monthly giving program because, as a former employee of a non-profit organization, I know how important it is to be able to depend and budget based on a sustained level of income.  Unexpected gifts are nice, but making and executing budgets requires consistent monthly funding.  Furthermore, monthly donations enable supporters to give more annually than they could otherwise afford.

I specifically support Everyone Home DC because it is doing the difficult hands-on work of helping individuals and families in my neighborhood find and keep safe housing essential for their health and well-being. This is important and necessary work toward our goal of achieving a just and equitable society.” — Lisa



“After moving to DC, we were on a mission to support our community at a local level. We soon found the answer right in our new neighborhood: Everyone Home DC’s Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART). Since getting involved, we have been impressed by Everyone Home DC’s caring and passionate team, who made it easy to feel connected to our now beloved Capitol Hill community. 

When the pandemic began, we could no longer support Everyone Home DC as volunteers and still felt like we wanted to do SOMETHING. That was when we received an email asking for donations and thought, ah yes, this is how we can help. Though small, our first donation introduced us to other wonderful people connected with Everyone Home DC, who made feeling involved in the community possible during a pandemic. Soon after, we became recurring donors for the first time in our lives. We are proud to support an organization whose mission we wholeheartedly believe in that fills us with hope for a stronger, safer, and entirely housed DC.” — Valerie & Adolfo





Voices of Shirley’s Place

Collectively, we continue to find ourselves amid extraordinary challenges. This is especially true for Everyone Home DC and the people we work alongside. We are so profoundly grateful to you for standing with us yet again this year. Your dependable support has ensured that all of Everyone Home DC’s front line and essential services have continued uninterrupted. That includes our drop-in Day Center, Shirley’s Place, which continues to keep its doors open and services accessible—although in a re-imagined way—over the last year and a half. Shirley’s Place, located near the Potomac Avenue Metro station, is named in honor of the late Shirley Smith Anderson, a long-time member of the Capitol Hill Community, and social justice activist. Everyone Home DC’s Day Center is one of only a few spaces in our city offering people experiencing homelessness a safe, healthy, and dignified place to take respite from the elements and access vital services like showers, laundry, restrooms, mail service, phones, computers, lunch, and social service referrals. This holiday season, it is your gift to Everyone Home DC that supports our critical work on the front lines, ensuring that all people living in our city have access to meaningful relationships that connect them with supportive services and networks.

As economic uncertainty continues to loom, this is more important than ever before. As we reflect on the past year, we want to lift up the voices of our community as they share what Shirley’s Place has meant to them over the last 20 months.

Because of your commitment to our mission and programs, Everyone Home DC’s Day Center has historically had a profound impact on the Capitol Hill Community by providing consistent and life-saving support to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. During this pandemic, Shirley’s Place has continued to provide these essential services and supplies without interruption. The Day Center reconfigured its physical space, acquired the appropriate PPE, and put policies and protocols in place to offer in-person services safely and with urgency and compassion. This year, Everyone Home DC is partnering with DC Central Kitchen to provide tasty, nutritious, and dignified meals, to anyone who stops by Shirley’s Place for a visit.

It is so hard to know what 2022 will bring. Due to the economic and racial injustice that has existed in our society for decades, the individuals and families we work with—who were facing crisis and instability long before this pandemic—are feeling far more exposed to the harshness of this new reality. Please make a personally meaningful year-end contribution today to support Everyone Home DC’s critical work on the front lines in the new year ahead.

In the spirit of the season, please make a personally meaningful year-end gift today to ensure that Everyone Home DC continues to provide essential services and housing supports while preparing for the pandemic’s long-term impact. With your gift today, Everyone Home DC will be here not just today but, in the weeks, and months ahead, working with our community to put the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness at the center of a just recovery. We are so glad you are here. We cannot do this work without YOU. Please continue to take care of yourself and each other.

🎁 Looking for Last Minute Gifts?🎁


Finding a meaningful holiday gift for the people you love can be a challenge. This year, honor those you care about by making a donation on their behalf to Everyone Home DC. Your holiday gift will provide urgent and critical resources to individuals and families living in Washington, DC, who continue to feel the harsh impact of the ongoing global health pandemic. The process couldn’t be easier…

1. Make a Donation

Everyone Home DC will put your meaningful gift in honor to work immediately in support of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

2. Click Here to Download Your Certificate of Donation

After making your donation, download your certificate and personalize it.

Everyone Home DC Certificate of Donation

3. Check this item off your holiday to do list.

 Thank you for giving a gift that builds a stronger and more vibrant city for all!

If you need any support, we are on standby

❤ 2021 Executive Director Reflection ❤

As unbelievable as it seems, we are somehow reaching the end of another year. We had hoped the pandemic would be over by now, but alas….. The ongoing pandemic continues to complicate our efforts to end homelessness, but today, I want to focus on the positive things the pandemic has taught us.

First, we learned just how much we could count on you in a crisis. You donated more generously than ever and consistently asked how our staff and clients were coping and what more you could do to help. You enabled us to continue providing essential services to those in need and to do so in ways that kept both our clients and staff safe. Thank you!

Through the Pandemic Emergency Housing for Medically Vulnerable Individuals (PEP-V) program, our city learned what service providers already knew–when we have the will and commit the resources, we can quickly move unhoused individuals indoors, including those who have eschewed shelter for years. Many people living outdoors do not want to go into a congregate shelter for a variety of legitimate reasons including, being unable to bring more than two bags of belongings, poor shelter conditions, unwillingness to live apart from an opposite-sex partner or relinquish a pet, and being overwhelmed in large group settings. When offered a room with no more than one roommate in a PEP-V shelter, however, even those written off by some as “housing resistant” happily moved inside and stayed. It is not shelter or housing that folks resist. It is shelter or housing that does not adequately support their very reasonable needs and preferences. We hope this lesson will be incorporated into the design of our standard shelter and housing programs.

Finally, we learned important lessons about making our services even more client-centered and anti-racist. The pandemic forced homeless services providers to conduct meetings by phone and video and have clients sign documents electronically. We also chose to provide electronic gift cards rather than distributing pantry and household items directly. We quickly realized that these changes made it far more accessible for people to actively participate in our programs and get the kind of support they needed. They no longer had to spend the time, energy, and expense to travel to in-person meetings, sometimes with several small children in tow. They also had the dignity of choosing the best items for them rather than making due with whatever we had on hand or chose for them. This is what it looks like to be client-centered, and we hope to continue these practices as much as possible even after the pandemic finally abates.

Similarly, we chose to provide gift cards rather than school supplies, food baskets, and presents through our Back-to-School, Thanksgiving, and Holiday Gift drives. We knew that this approach was the right one as it centered the clients’ needs and offered them the power to make their own decisions. Our clients could choose what their kids most needed and wanted for school, shop for the ingredients necessary for their particular holiday traditions, and feel the joy of selecting and wrapping gifts for their children–things most of us take for granted. Moreover, giving people cash rather than pre-selected goods intentionally disrupts a system of in-kind giving rooted in and maintained by racist and classist notions that poor people–and especially poor Black people–cannot be trusted to spend money in ways that predominantly white and wealthy donors, institutional funders, and service providers deem responsible.

We had contemplated making this change for some time but feared that our in-kind donors might not participate without the feel-good element of shopping for their sponsored families. The pandemic forced our hand, and I am proud to share that our fears were largely unfounded. Several of you even wrote to us saying how much you appreciated our more client-centered and anti-racist approach. It has been so fulfilling for our team to see that when we lead with our values, our community will not just follow but will enthusiastically cheer us on.

We look forward to a new year where we will continue to look and listen for what this pandemic, our clients, and our community have to teach us. Thank you for taking this journey with us!

With warm wishes for a joyful holiday season,

Karen Cunningham
Everyone Home DC
Executive Director

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s GivingTuesday!

Today is GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is an all day global generosity movement that strives to build communities where the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together—unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity in DC and around the globe. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity⁠⁠—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

Here are some ways to share this very special day with Everyone Home DC:

DONATE. Your GivingTuesday gift ensures all people living in the District have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes along with meaningful relationships that connect people with supportive networks. This is even more important during the ongoing global health emergency. Make your year-end #GivingTuesday gift TODAY!

SHARE YOUR MERRY. Every family deserves a joyful end-of-year experience! Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that families have the flexibility to celebrate their winter holiday and experience the joy of giving gifts. Learn more about this year’s approach and share your merry with a family today!

SPREAD THE WORD. Share with your friends and families what Everyone Home DC means to you. It can be a video of why you give or a story of your favorite moment engaging with our mission. However you choose to share, tag @EveryoneHomeDC

Thank you for standing alongside Everyone Home DC on #GivingTuesday and always.

So Much Gratitude

Today on Thanksgiving, Everyone Home DC wants to express how grateful we are for the community members we have the privilege of working alongside. In a year that has been filled with ongoing challenges and uncertainty, Everyone Home DC continues to be amazed by your extreme empathy, compassion, and dedication. 

We are grateful and inspired by your commitment to a future that ensures all people living in the District have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes as well as meaningful relationships that connect them with supportive networks. Your support is what makes Everyone Home DC’s work possible, and together, we are building a more just and vibrant city for everyone. We are so glad you are here. Thank you for all you make possible. 

From All of Us at Everyone Home DC, Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Tis the Season to Share Your Merry

This holiday season is the perfect time to help families in our community who continue to be impacted by the global health pandemic. Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that the families we work alongside will have the flexibility to celebrate their winter holiday and experience the joy of giving gifts in a meaningful way. Once again this year, Everyone Home DC will distribute debit gift cards to our community members, giving them the power to make their own decisions on how they spend these valuable funds, however best for their families.

This year, based on the family size, Everyone Home DC will provide gift cards valued between $150 and $500. 

We need YOUR help to reach our goal. You can make a monetary donation today here. You can also consider running a drive to collect gift cards at your work, place of worship, book club, OR set up a fundraising page, and watch your social network support you in reaching your goal! Every little bit helps. Below is more information on how to get started as well as some of the most preferred gift cards. Thank you for your continued support of Everyone Home DC!

Everyone Home DC plans to begin distributing gift cards to families in December.


  • We want to hear from you if you plan to run a drive or collection! This will support Everyone Home DC’s planning (and budgeting) efforts. Contact Kate Akalonu at to discuss what types of gift cards to focus on collecting and to share how many gift cards you plan to contribute. We can also provide any brainstorming support to get the word out to your community and create personalized donation forms to track your progress easily.
  • You can also make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase gift cards by program staff and sent electronically to families. Please note, families have openly expressed how much they appreciate the convenience of receiving gift cards electronically. Consider donating today!
  • Everyone Home DC families most appreciate Visa, Mastercard, Target, Walmart Old Navy, Amazon.


  • You are welcome to skip purchasing gift cards and make a donation on our Winter Holiday donation page. Program staff will then purchase gift cards and send them electronically to families. Consider donating today!
  • If purchasing gift cards at a store or online, you are welcome to mail them directly to Everyone Home DC’s main headquarters address. Please contact Kate at if you have any questions or to discuss dropping the gift cards off.

Mail Gift Cards to:
Everyone Home DC
Attn: Holidays
415 2nd Street NE, 3rd Floor
Washington DC, 20002

Please note: For our guests’ health and safety at Shirley’s Place, we will not be accepting gift card drop-offs at our drop-in day center (which has historically been the location for drop-offs in the past.) Thank you for understanding.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for standing with Everyone Home DC now and always. We are so glad you are here.