Message from OAH Director Marilyn Kresky-Wolff
April 2018 Update on Open Arms Community
Here is the latest update on our community. There are 16 women housed at the Dunbar, our facility on O Street, NW and four at Owen House on Owen Place, NE. You’ll recall that at the end of 2016, we received a grant from the D.C. Department of Human Services to provide housing and mobile case management and supportive services to up to 51 women at scattered sites throughout Washington, D.C. As of this April 2018, we’ve housed 45 women at these scattered sites. In total, we are housing 65 women, and your generous donations have helped these women make real homes for themselves.
I’d like to tell you about one woman you’ve helped. Ms. T. and her six siblings grew up in foster care. She was homeless for nine years before moving into the Dunbar. She says, “Open Arms Housing is a beautiful place that I call home. I enjoy the Bible study and art groups.” Ms. T would like to get her GED and train to work in the culinary field. She recently started a Tenants’ Council in the building. She concludes: “I have a lot of hope, I am forever grateful for these types of programs.”