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Miriam's Kitchen of Washington, DC

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Last modified: January 26, 2012, 10:29 PM


There are more than 6,500 homeless individuals living on the streets of Washington, DC on any given night.

Of those, more than 2,000 are considered chronically homeless--meaning they are living with a physical or mental disability and have been homeless for at least one year, or multiple times over the past few years.

These individuals often live with severe mental illness, chronic substance abuse and/or severe health problems. Their quality of life is diminished and their life expectancy is cut short.

They are struggling to survive.

These are the men and women we serve.

Miriam's Kitchen was founded in 1983 through a collaboration of The George Washington University Hillel Student Association, Western Presbyterian Church and United Church in response to an urgent need for services for the homeless in Washington, DC.

Our mission is to provide individualized services that address the causes and consequences of homelessness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, both directly and through facilitating connections in Washington, DC.

Our vision is to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC.

We provide free, homemade meals and high-quality support services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women each year through our core programs: Meals, Case Management, Miriam's Studio, and Miriam's Cafe.

Other Awards & Recognition: 2011Washingtonian 50 Best Places to Work 2011/2012Catalogue for PhilanthropyBest Small Charities 2010Meyer Foundation Exponent Award 2010Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work in Greater Washington 2009Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work in Greater Washington 2009Washington City Paper Best Place to Volunteer in DC 2008Washingtonian Best Local Charities 2007/2008Catalogue for Philanthropy Best Small Charities 2003/2004Catalogue for Philanthropy Best Small Charities 2001Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

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2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, US
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