With hope, one can accomplish anything. Families who struggle with poverty and homelessness can achieve their goals. They can overcome challenges like having no safe place to sleep, poor health, and unemployment, and enjoy connected families with happy and healthy children.
Through our four housing programs, we keep families all along the continuum of homelessness safe with a roof over their heads. Our case managers give our families the support they need at the most pivotal times and link them to resources such as job referrals, counseling and mentoring programs for their children.
We have three Federally Qualified Health Centers and one community resource hub across the District that meet the medical, dental, and emotional wellness needs of the un- and under-insured. We provide quality, compassionate care and an outstanding patient experience, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Our health staff engages our patients to keep DC healthy through affordable and accessible healthcare.
With a team of almost 400 compassionate staff, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of donors, we are building a strong and sustainable organization that is caring for families, improving lives, and leading change.
Community of Hope has worked tirelessly for four decades to impact the future for people in under-resourced communities and families experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. Originally founded as a compassionate ministry of the Church of the Nazarene, Community of Hope was incorporated as an independently-run nonprofit organization in 1980. As the needs of our community grew, we have expanded our services across the city, with the same holistic, compassionate approach that inspired our beginnings.
Through our communitys support and intentional planning, we achieve our goals. With our proven track record of completing four strategic plans since 2000, we hope to see our vision come true: Everyone in Washington, DC has good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and a hope-filled future.
I wish someone had warned me the third birth could be longer than the second, Shaquana laughed as she began describing the birth of her daughter Inaaya at the newly expanded Family Health and Birth Center. Shaquana is not new to being a mother or having an out of hospital birth. But as every child is unique so is every birth experiencethis one was no exception.
Community of Hopes Family Health and Birth Center moved to 2120 Bladensburg Road to Washington DC's Langdon neighborhood in March 2022.We are excited about this moveand the opportunities our new location will bring to our dedicated team and patients. Our new space has more than doubled in size allowing us to grow with our patient community.
The Family Health and Birth Center has a long history of supporting women and families. As we transition to the new and expanded Family Health and Birth Center, Community of Hope wanted to reflect on the history and impact of the building we are saying goodbye to. We invite you to read the edited version of our conversation with Midwife Cassandra Burrell as she reflects on both her personal and professional history with FHBC, and her excitement about continuing to grow with the staff and families at the new location.
People at risk of experiencing homelessness face many obstacles in search of a stable environment to thrive. Our city has different systems set up to serve families with children who are experiencing homelessness or for individuals without children and they can both be difficult to navigate.
Demetria, a mom at our newest program called Bridge housing, has faced many barriers in navigating systems while supporting her family. For the safety of herself and her children, she needed to leave her home, but she wanted as few disruptions as possible for her children. Leaning on the care of her family, Demetria made the difficult decision to have her kids stay with them so that the children could avoid the shelter system.
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. Samika, mother of 5, had experienced multiple domestic violence incidents in her life but realizing that the cycle may extend to her children was the last straw.
Sherri had her first daughter while she was still in high school, and had 4 children by age 23. Despite being young, Sherri was determined to take care of her kids. Having my oldest daughterit puts you on the right track. She worked various jobs throughout their childhood and discovered she really enjoyed supporting people with intellectual disabilities. She moved up in her career and eventually worked as a Residential Director for families supporting loved ones with intellectual disabilities. On June 25, 2015, Sherri received a phone call and experienced that unimaginable fear that all parents dreadher 21-year-old son had been shot and killed.
Imagine growing up and dreaming about becoming a teacher. As an adult, you are excited to be working with children, watching them learn and grow and especially excited to be teaching girls. Now imagine that passion coming to an abrupt end with militants knocking at your door and threatening your family causing so much fear that you decide you must flee the country to survive. That is the story of Elliot; a Nigerian refugee who fled her country and is building a new life in Washington D.C.
More than half of our dedicated board members are active patients in our health centers. All of our leadership team has served at Community of Hope for more than four years, and several for more than ten years.
Kimberly Woods is committed to making Washington, DC more equitable. As her city grows and the demographics evolve, she wants to see that every person regardless of income has access to healthcare and housing.
As Public Relations Manager at Amtrak based in the District, Kimberly serves as the company spokesperson. She is no stranger to strategic executive communications, from distilling the most important messages in a crisis to leading special events. Communications has been the focus of her academic and professional life for 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Norfolk State University where she was on staff at the campus newspaper, starting as a staff writer and ending college as the Editor-in-Chief. She worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Tennessee, New Jersey, and Virginia. Prior to moving to the District, Kimberly was a communications specialist at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL.
Kimberly became involved with Community of Hope as a patient in our health center and joined the board in 2016 after serving as a volunteer on the Resource Development Advisory Committee. On the board she has served as Vice Chair; Chair of the Resource Development Committee; Chair of Board Development Committee; and now Chair of the board. She has advised and guided as the board developed its 2020-2014 Strategic Plan, remodeled and re-opened the Marie Reed Health Center, and opened The Triumph and The Commons at Stanton Square and in the plans to expand and relocate the Family Health and Birth Center. All of these projects fuel her interest in Community of Hopes mission.
Kimberly has lived in the District since 2013 after growing up mostly in Virginia Beach, VA and living in several different parts of the country as the proud daughter of a US Navy member. In her spare time, Kimberly is an avid tennis fan and is always eager to talk about her favorite players and matches. She experiments in the kitchen with new recipes and explores the Districts museums and neighborhoods.
Kimberly Woods, Chair Melissa McGuire, Vice Chair Stepfan Martin, Secretary Christopher Earley, Treasurer Beniam Ado David Brewster Catherine Buell Kessia Cruz Jenna Kirkpatrick Howard Erin Henderson Moore Asha Soyini Payne, MD MPH Ingrid Scott Maria Weber Heather Wise
Kelly Sweeney McShane is a well-respected and innovative nonprofit leader in Washington, DC. For over 30 years, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of homeless and low-income families in Washington, DC through providing direct services as well as finding long-term solutions through system change. Her bold leadership in housing systems and healthcare delivery is transforming care in both fields.
Kelly has provided leadership at a city level in transforming systems to help low-income families. Since 2006, Kelly has served as a member of the Mayors Interagency Council on Homelessness, including co-chairing the Strategic Planning Committee. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the DC Primary Care Association and as a member of the Federal City Council. She has previously served as a board member of 501cTech, Franciscan Mission Service, the Center for Non-profit Advancement, and as an advisory committee member of the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Greater Washington. She received a Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has a Bachelors degree from Harvard University.
Kelly has won numerous awards, including the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation's Exponent Award, in 2009, Washington Women of Excellence Award in 2015, and the Washington Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award in 2017.
Kelly previously served as Executive Director of Hannah House, a transitional housing program for homeless women in the District of Columbia, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Kevin McShane, and they are parents to three adult children.
Alsan joined the Community of Hope in May 2021. He has been serving in Health Care Leadership since 2005. He previously served as the Medical Director of the Childrens Health Center at THEARC and prior to that he served as the Health Services Administrator for DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. As Chief Medical Officer, he oversees the effective management of Community of Hopes three community health centers and is responsible for managing clinical operations, liaising between the administration and medical staff, and ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of medical care. As a pediatrician, he also sees patients at our Conway Health and Resource Center.
Alsan completed his Pediatrics Residency at the Childrens National Medical Center. He is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and received his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and MBA in Medical Services Management from John Hopkins Carey School of Business.
Since 2009, Jamey has served as our Vice President Housing Programs and Policy.He leads our approach to ending homelessness and is key to implementing our housing programs.He previously worked at the National Alliance to End Homelessness where he researched, wrote and edited key policy/planning papers, briefs and technical assistance toolkits.Topics included creating a plan for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, developing key partnerships, and implementing strategies to foster system change to move toward a housing stability focus.This work allowed him to be involved with some of the most innovative and results-oriented work going on in the country.
Jamey received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelors from Wheaton College.He currently serves on several committees of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Leah joined the team as the Vice President, Development and Communications in 2011.Prior to working at COH, she volunteered for more than two years on COHs Finance committee and briefly on the Board of Directors.In her current role, she oversees the fundraising, communications, community engagement, volunteerism and marketing operations. Leah brings with her years of experience in fundraising and communications, serving previously as the Director of Individual Giving at Sojourners and at other nonprofits, including a center for abused and neglected children, a retirement home, and a community health center.
Since 2013, Stephanie has been an integral part of our Talent Management team. She has held a number of positions moving from Human Resources Generalist to Vice President of Talent Management. As Vice President of Talent Management, she oversees our human resource infrastructure, including recruitment, benefits, employee relations and staff culture.
Stephanie received her Bachelors from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and her Masters in Educational Policy and Social Analysis from Columbia University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Victoria joined the Community of Hope in 2007.She has more than 30years of experience in the nonprofit field in both management and direct service positions.As Vice President of Health Services, she oversees the operations of the dental, behavioral health and patient engagement departments of Community of Hope health services.She has helped successfully lead us through the development and opening of the Conway Health and Resource Center, our newest and largest health center in Ward 8, and the merger with the Family Health and Birth Center. She has also served DC in a variety of positions including Program Director during the development of N Street Village and the Director of Client Services at Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. Victoria is currentlythe chair of the board of directors for DCs Clinically Integrated Network.
David joined the Community of Hope in October 2021. He has more than 10 years of experience as a cultural broker and community-based researcher in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As VP of Community Impact and Evaluation, David oversees and directs place-based engagement initiatives in Ward 8 and provides strategic support in the ongoing evaluation of programming at COH. His research has focused on the integration of harm reduction into health and human services.
Derek Sykes joined Community of Hope in 2019. As Vice President of Finance and Operations, he leads the Accounting, Billing, Facilities, Finance, Information Technology, and Special Projects teams. Derek began his career at KPMG as an auditor and forensic accountant and has served in various roles within healthcare, including the Director of Finance at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Little Lights Urban Ministries.
You are our partner in building a thriving organization that creates opportunities for low-income and homeless families in our city. We want you to have all the information you need to make informed giving decisions and to see how your generosity is put to use. We work hard to stretch your generosity to transform lives and to manage our resources with transparency and integrity. Check out our breakdown of revenue and expenses in 2020.
Thank you to our individual supporters, corporate and foundation partners who have donated their time, contributed their professional expertise and invested financially in our programs. Your commitment to our mission makes the work we do possible.
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