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CHGM Releases its 2013 Annual Report & Launches New Volunteer Program at Annual Meeting

 

The Capitol Hill community gathered on April 3rd to attend CHGM's 2014 Annual Meeting. In addition to the accomplishments and goals that have traditionally been highlighted at this yearly gathering, the evening included a volunteer fair that launched an expanded list of opportunities to get involved with the organization.

 

2013 was a busy year for CHGM. Executive Director, Karen Cunningham, highlighted particular accomplishments, such as the increase in the number of clients served, and making the final payment on the mortgage on Shirley's Place.  Additionally, CHGM replaced our Systems Transformation Initiative with our new Rapid Rehousing Program. Click here to check out our 2013 Annual Report and learn more about our many successes last year.

 

For 2014, CHGM has created many new ways to support our programs and mission beyond administrative support at Shirley's Place, and Saturday Street Outreach to our homeless neighbors. Examples include volunteer-lead activities and meal preparation at Shirley's Place, mentoring and tutoring opportunities for clients in our family programs, and pick-ups of leftover goods from a local bakery to give to our homeless neighbors. In addition to direct services opportunities, community members are invited to participate in our monthly Community Nights that raise awareness about homelessness, and "Action Hour" monthly forums with our homeless neighbors that empower them to become self advocates.

 

Please contact Whitney Parnell at parnell@chgm.net for more information about how to get involved in CHGM's work.


Hypothermia Season Ends, and Spring Finally Begins

DC residents seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief at the end of Hypothermia season on March 31st.  With a record amount of snowfall, multiple below-freezing days, and intense wind chills, it has been a tough winter for the District. Winter was particularly challenging for our homeless neighbors, who often dealt with the brunt of the season first-hand.

 

With the conclusion of hypothermia season,  the winter protocol has been inactivated. There is no longer a right-to-shelter option, which is only available during below-freezing conditions. Recreation centers, extra beds at shelters, and warming buses are also no longer offered.

 

Having recognized the seriousness of this past winter, CHGM is not alone in looking ahead towards action that can be taken to prepare for the possibility of extreme conditions again next winter. However, we are also celebrating the sunshine and warm weather that have come with Spring.

 

Even with warmer temperatures, those living on the street are still at risk. If you see anyone in need of shelter or assistance, please don't hesitate to contact the DC Shelter Hotline at 1 (800) 535 7252.
CHGM Families Enjoy Easter Celebration

 

With Easter just around the corner, CHGM is grateful to Capitol Hill United Methodist Church for hosting  a fun-filled Easter-themed evening with our families.

 

Families gathered to enjoy a hearty Easter meal before diving into crafty activities, such as decorating Easter eggs and cupcakes. Excitement reached new levels when the Easter Bunny appeared, and facilitated hopping contests and assembly lines to help the children make productive use of their sugar-highs.  The night was topped off with Easter baskets for everyone that were filled with toys, activities, and sweet treats.

 

CHGM thanks Capitol Hill United Methodist Church and its fantastic volunteers for helping our families make many happy memories together.

Upcoming Events
 
Community Night, April 22 (6:00pm - 7:30pm) - Attend CHGM's first monthly Community Night at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church (421 Seward Sq SE), where you can learn about different aspects of homelessness, and specific action that you can take to address the problem.
 

Action Hour, April 29 (1:30pm - 2:30pm) Attend CHGM's first monthly "Action hour," where we engage with our homeless neighbors, listen to their needs, and help them to be effective advocates for themselves.

   

 Volunteer Capitol Hill, May 10 (10:00am - 2:00pm) - Come to this event at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE), and learn about the many ways that you can volunteer in the community

 

Clergy Breakfast, May 22 (8:30am - 9:30am) - Join us at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church for breakfast and fellowship with your clergy peers.

 

CHGM's Annual Hope for the Homeless Golf Tournament (Date & Time TBA) Planning is underway for our Fall golf tournament. Keep your eyes open for a Save-the-Date announcement coming soon!

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