A Home for the Holidays

For more than 50 years, Everyone Home DC has proudly partnered with families, individuals, caring neighbors, government officials, and fellow advocates to end homelessness. We are a transformative, results-driven nonprofit organization whose homelessness prevention, housing programs, street outreach, drop-in day center, and supportive services have served as the foundation for thousands of individuals and families to secure stable homes and build thriving lives.

Our work is vital, as fewer and fewer families can afford a roof over their heads – over one in five renting families in America spends over half of their income on housing, and at least one in four dedicates over 70% to paying rent and keeping the lights on. The Economist found that Washington, DC is the fourth most expensive city in North America, tied with San Francisco. The rising housing prices and a shortage of affordable housing have led to a housing crisis in the city, and more people experience being unhoused.

The year-end holidays are the perfect time for families and friends to come together to celebrate, create memories, eat delicious food, and relax. They can also be a time of extreme anxiety and stress, especially for people without a safe and comfortable place to call home. In the spirit of the season, please make a personally meaningful year-end gift today to ensure all families living in our city have access to services and programs that connect them with supportive networks and make positive gains in their lives.

Thanks to your support this year, we have made life more stable, secure, and full of possibilities for families on the margins, with few other places to turn. We want to highlight Evelyn and Claudia, whose families are a couple of the many in our family housing and prevention programs who are celebrating this year’s holidays in a new place they are proud to call home.

Evelyn is a single mother in Everyone Home DC’s Permanent Supportive Housing program. She lived in an apartment that, over time, had many maintenance issues, pest infestations, and increased criminal activity. Working with the landlord to make the appropriate repairs and eliminate pests became increasingly difficult. The deplorable housing conditions led to her experiencing several severe mental health episodes. Evelyn was desperate to find a new home in a safer neighborhood that was void of pests and in good working order. Finding a new apartment was extremely challenging, and covering the move-in fees to relocate felt impossible. This fall, Evelyn learned her family was approved to move into a beautiful complex in a neighborhood she was excited to live in. Thanks to your support, Everyone Home DC was able to cover the move-in fees, and now Evelyn is looking forward to celebrating the holidays in her new apartment, which is the sanctuary she needs and deserves.

“I feel so much peace in my new home. Every morning I wake up to the most beautiful sunlight coming through my windows. I am happy to be here and cannot wait to share my home with others this holiday season,” Evelyn shared.

At Everyone Home DC, we know housing is the solution to ending homelessness. We also know that a lot of the hard work continues once a family is connected to a safe and stable home. For some, that hard work looks like finding a stable career or enrolling in an education program. For others, it may mean identifying parenting supports and affordable, high-quality child care; securing reliable and affordable transportation; reconnecting with family or other supportive communities; or addressing long-standing physical and mental health needs. And we know housing gives people a safe place to start doing those things. It is your gift this holiday season to Everyone Home DC that ensures all families in our city have access to services and programs that meet each person where they are and support them with reaching their personalized goals.

Claudia was referred to Everyone Home DC’s Family Homelessness Prevention Program this year. She is a mother of three young children and an undocumented non-US citizen who speaks limited English. She had an urgent need to find housing after losing the apartment she shared with her siblings. Working alongside our Spanish-speaking case manager, they began actively looking for housing that her family could afford, and our case manager reached out to landlords on Claudia’s behalf since her English was limited. Claudia’s prevention case manager worked with her to identify new sources of income through support from the children’s father and financial assistance and support services through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. With Everyone Home DC’s assistance, Claudia was able to secure a home that she feels confident she will be able to afford long-term. Everyone Home DC provided rental assistance to alleviate the early financial hardship that comes with moving into a new home. Once Claudia and her family were settled and accessing support from the TANF program, she could also increase her work hours to help ensure housing stability.

“I am so grateful to have a place for my family that is all ours. That we call home. I know this holiday season will be one of our most memorable yet!” Claudia recently shared with great emotion.

You are a part of each of these stories, and your holiday investment helps Everyone Home DC provide essential services and housing solutions for people in our city. With your gift today, Everyone Home DC will be here well beyond the holiday season, working with our community to put the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness at the center of a just recovery from the pandemic. As we watch our city rebuild and heal, we are grateful for your commitment to a future inclusive of all our neighbors, especially those in extremely vulnerable situations. We cannot do this work without YOU. Thank you in advance for your support!

Looking for Last Minute Gifts? Let Us Help.

Finding a meaningful holiday gift for the people you love can be challenging. This year, honor those you care about by donating 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 more straightforward!

 

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

 

❤ 2022 Executive Director Reflection ❤

Dear Friend,

Usually, when it comes time to write this year-end reflection, I am feeling good about the year we’ve had but also depleted and craving a long rest. This year could not be more different. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt as energized about our work as I do today, and I cannot wait to tell you all about what your steadfast support is enabling us to do! 

Our incredible community helped us come through the pandemic stronger than ever, and the disparate impact of the pandemic on those already living on the margins motivated more significant city-wide investments in ending homelessness. We now find ourselves in a moment where the investments of our staff, Board, community, and government leaders are converging in beautiful ways. Much of what Everyone Home DC has dreamed about and worked toward for years is now coming together all at once.

A few days ago, our Board of Directors approved both a new strategic plan and a 2023 budget that is nearly 80% greater than this year. We are growing in all the right ways and cannot wait to share how our work together is allowing us to strengthen our programs, ensure organizational sustainability, and serve more individuals and families better than ever before. 

One area of growth we are particularly excited about is launching a new Permanent Supportive Housing Program that will help our chronically homeless neighbors move off the street, out of shelters, and into safe, comfortable, and permanent homes. Support from our team will enable them to set and achieve goals for themselves that many no longer believed were possible. We fought alongside our fellow service providers, advocates, and supporters like you to get the city budget investments necessary to make this possible, and now we are thrilled to be turning those hard-won dollars into homes. This is life-changing work your partnership makes possible!

There are so many more wonderful things to come in the year ahead! So yes, I am eager to go home for the holidays and spend quality time with people I love. And I am also looking forward to diving back into work in the New Year with exuberance, optimism, and gratitude for all our beloved community will enable us to achieve in 2023 and beyond. Thank you for being part of our continued success!

With love and joy this holiday season!
Karen Cunningham
Everyone Home DC
Executive Director

It’s GivingTuesday 🎉 5 Ways You Can Join the Movement

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 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!

GIVE IN-KIND. Receiving much-needed items through donations allows Everyone Home DC to keep its operating budget as low as possible. All donated items are distributed free of charge to individuals and families in our programs. Check out Everyone Home DC’s online Wishlist and have items shipped directly to Everyone Home DC. 

BE A GOODNEIGHBOR. Invest monthly in ending homelessness by joining Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle. 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. 

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.

Full of Gratitude…For YOU 🙏

Happy Thanksgiving! Everyone Home DC is so incredibly grateful for the community we have the privilege of working alongside day in and day out. Everyone Home DC is consistently amazed by your extreme empathy, compassion, and dedication.

We are grateful and inspired by your commitment to a future that ensures all people in our city have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes and meaningful relationships that connect them with supportive networks. Your presence 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 Your Friends at Everyone Home DC, Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Tis the Season to Share Your Merry

This holiday season is the perfect time for Everyone Home DC and our amazing network of supporters to provide a little something extra for this special time of year. 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. This holiday season, Everyone Home DC will distribute debit gift cards to our community, giving them the power to decide how they spend these valuable funds, however best for their families.

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 with your favorite community or network 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 distribute gift cards to families in December.

GETTING STARTED

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 akalonu@everyonehomedc.org 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. Consider donating today!

Everyone Home DC families most appreciate Visa, Mastercard, Target, Walmart Old Navy, Amazon.

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC 

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 akalonu@everyonehomedc.org 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 Day Center, we will not accept gift cards at our drop-in day center. 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.

Vote Everyone Home DC Best Nonprofit!

Washington City Paper’s Best of DC is BACK! For the last two years, Everyone Home DC has been proud to receive the 3rd place honor in the Best Nonprofit category, and we would love to see if we can do it again this year…or maybe move up a little bit! Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 16. Results will be announced beginning October 31

Everyone Home DC believes our long-time work and leadership in creating a thriving and diverse city where all people can obtain and remain in safe, affordable, and comfortable homes makes Everyone Home DC an obvious “Best Nonprofit” choice.

Please vote Everyone Home DC Best Nonprofit today! The process is easy and only takes a minute. Here is what you need to know:

  1. Click this link to get to the “People and Places” section. OR try to go directly to the “Best Nonprofit” nomination box by clicking here.
  2. If this is your first time voting this year, you will be redirected to a sign-in form where an email is required, and you will need to enter a validation code sent to your inbox. After that, you don’t have to enter an email again.
  3. In the People and Places section, under “Categories,” scroll down to Best Nonprofit— it is in alphabetical order and after “Best Middle School” and before “Best Place to Day Trip.”
  4. Type in Everyone Home DC. Please be sure to enter the full name. Select “Vote.”
  5. You are done! Consider voting for your other DC Bests and encourage your colleagues and friends to nominate Everyone Home DC too!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Email Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org if you have any questions.
Learn more about Washington City Paper’s Best of DC.

This Thanksgiving, Support Everyone Home DC Families

Support Everyone Home DC’s Goal to Distribute Gift Cards to Support Families in Celebrating Thanksgiving This Year.

This Thanksgiving holiday season is the perfect time for Everyone Home DC and our amazing network of supporters to provide a little something extra for this special time of year. Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that the families we work alongside will have the flexibility to celebrate Thanksgiving in a meaningful way. This holiday season, Everyone Home DC will distribute grocery and debit gift cards to our community, allowing them the opportunity to decide how they spend these funds to create a meaningful holiday for their family.

Everyone Home DC’s goal this year is to distribute a gift card to each family that works with Everyone Home DC, which means we need 150 $50 gift cards to distribute to families in advance of Thanksgiving. Thank YOU for helping us reach this goal. We will put these critical funds right to work, distributing them directly to the families we work alongside.

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. Thank you for your continued support of Everyone Home DC!

Everyone Home DC plans to begin distributing gift cards to families by mid-November

GETTING STARTED

  • 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 akalonu@everyonehomedc.org 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 brainstorming support to get the word out to your community if you run a drive.
  • 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 making a donation in $50 increments (or any amount) today!
  • Everyone Home DC families expressed most appreciating Visa, Mastercard, Harris Teeter, Safeway, and Giant gift cards.

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC

Mail Gift Cards to:
Everyone Home DC
Attn: Thanksgiving
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.

Any funds received above the goal for this campaign will be redirected to the general fund.

You Did It | September Challenge Goal Reached

Thank you for making this year’s September Challenge a success! For the third year in a row, you showed up for individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in DC. Together, we raised nearly $70,000, with more than 180 donations made throughout the Challenge. 

We reached this successful milestone thanks to our AMAZING September Challenge Sponsors, Benefactor Circle, and Committee members; our staff, volunteers, donors, event hosts & participants, fundraisers, online auction partners & participants, and many social media ambassadors. We know the need to raise critical funds to support people facing homelessness is more urgent than ever. Everyone played a vital role in ensuring this campaign’s success. Thank you.

In addition to the funds raised, check out some of the other highlights of Everyone Home DC’s September Challenge:

  • We are incredibly excited to share that Christ Church + Washington Parish on Capitol Hill has joined The Jeanne Phil Meg Team at Compass and National Capital Bank as a Lead Sponsor for this year’s September Challenge.
  • We welcomed five new supporters at the Benefactor Circle and Sponsor level in the final week, raising an additional $3,000. Thanks to Egbert Souse, Emily Guthrie & Michael Lindner, Anne & Marc Mayerson, Oanh Vuong, Suzanne Wells & Mike Godec.
  • The September Challenge Leaderboard had eight active fundraisers that raised more than $12,000. This year’s top fundraisers were Alison Harwood & Chuck Rohe, Adolfo Gatti & DiCristoforo, Edith and Mark Sherman, Pat Joseph, Angela Beckham & Jason Johnson, AND Martha and Matt Huizenga. Huge thanks to ALL for sharing your time and enthusiasm with this year’s September Challenge!
  • Everyone Home DC’s online auction was its most successful to date, raising nearly $9,000.

It is the responsibility of each of us to end homelessness in Washington, DC, and build the welcoming and inclusive community we believe is possible. Thank you for joining Everyone Home DC as we continue the work of ensuring all people have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes in Washington, DC. We are so glad you are here!

Join the Challenge | Start a Fundraiser

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR! A MONTH-LONG DIGITAL CAMPAIGN (& MORE!)

The need to raise critical funds to support people facing homelessness is more urgent than ever. The individuals and families Everyone Home DC works with daily struggled with crises and instability long before this global health pandemic and are now disproportionately bearing its impact. Please help by joining Everyone Home DC in a month-long digital campaign. With a variety of fundraising experiences, to raise $65,000 for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our city!

One way to support Everyone Home DC in reaching its September Challenge goals is to join the Challenge and set up your own personal fundraiser. It only takes a minute to set up a campaign. A September Challenge template already exists, and you are welcome to use it. OR you can enhance your page with a unique photo, title, and more! And just like that, you’ll be ready to raise money to end homelessness in Washington, DC.

Once your campaign is set up, tell everyone about it. The more people you tell, the quicker you’ll reach your goal. Then sit back and watch the donations roll in. 100% of what you raise be put to work immediately in support of Everyone Home DC’s critical programs for people at risk of and experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

Getting started is easy. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org.