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Nothing About Us, Without Us!

Congratulations to Action Hour for being recognized by the People for Fairness Coalition!
At CHGM, we understand how critical it is that the voices of those who have experienced homelessness are heard. So, two years ago, CHGM created a group called Action Hour, allowing our homeless neighbors a way to get together to talk about issues that are important to them. Action Hour meets twice a month at the Washington City Church of the Brethren and is facilitated by two of our Permanent Supportive Housing Participants. 

Our group has worked together to build our mission, vision and principles , and meeting topics are set from themes that emerge during robust group discussions. Our group members have the opportunity to participate in city-wide advocacy events so they can share their stories and be a force behind ending homelessness in our city. We are so excited about how far we have come and where we are heading!

On Tuesday, June 28th, Action Hour was honored to receive an award from the People for Fairness Coalition at their eight year anniversary celebration. Action Hour has been fortunate to receive support and guidance from the People for Fairness Coalition and looks forward to partnering with them as we work together to end homelessness in DC.

Join us - all are welcome! Action Hour meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month 
For more information, contact Abby Sypek at
Welcome to Our SNS Fellows!

"I am excited about many things revolving around working for CHGM, the top being getting to know our city's homeless population and how to best help, as well as spending time with others who are passionate about giving back." ~ Michelle Smith, SNS Fellow

"I hope everyone reading this newsletter is already following us on Twitter and Facebook! If not, now's a great time to join us!"
~ Korrin Bishop, SNS Fellow

CHGM is excited to be partnering with Service Never Sleeps!  Founded in 2015 by former CHGM staffer, Whitney Parnell, Service Never Sleeps pairs hosting nonprofit organizations with young working professionals, engaging them in a fellowship year of part-time, skills-based service -- all in the name of growing capacity for local nonprofits combatting a variety of issues related to social injustice. CHGM is lucky to host two great women from the 2016 fellowship class: Michelle Smith from the  McChrystal Group and Korrin Bishop from Abt Associates .

Michelle Smith, serving as our Development Fellow, is supporting our fundraising efforts including the planning of our upcoming Sip & Savor event on August 27th (Stay tuned!). 

Korrin Bishop, serving as our Communications Fellow, works to find innovative ways to share the story of the work we do with the broader community, and is creating a Strategic Communications plan for us as we continue to strengthen our social media presence. You may have seen her posts on our  Facebook page , Twitter , or on the popular PoPville blog.  Having served with us previously and presently through our Street Outreach and mentorship programs, Korrin is "thrilled to be able to find another way to give back," and we are as thrilled to have her continued support in yet another area of our work!  We look forward to all that we're able to accomplish this year with Michelle, Korrin, and our partnership with Service Never Sleeps!
Welcome to Rabbi Hannah of Hill Havurah!
Joel Kelty is a member of Hill Havurah and Vice-President of CHGM Board of Directors
News From Our Congregational Partners!
Hill Havurah , the only Jewish congregation in DC located outside the city's northwest quadrant, and one of CHGM's congregational partners, recently announced the hiring of   Rabbi Hannah Spiro . Chosen through a national search, Rabbi Hannah will serve a dual role as Hill Havurah's spiritual leader and director of their educational program for students in PreK-3 through 7th grade. This is exciting news for the Jewish congregation, which has been without a spiritual leader and completely congregation-led since its inception over 15 years ago.

Although Rabbi Hannah will officially assume her position on July 1, 2016, incoming Hill Havurah Board Chair, Allison May Rosen says Rabbi Hannah "already is well known in the area for her musical talents, warmth and approachable style." Rabbi Hannah expressed excitement to begin her new role saying, "I am thrilled to be joining the leadership of the delightful, dynamic Hill Havurah. I can't wait to see what spiritual, intellectual, and communal growth the future has in store for us!"  CHGM shares in this enthusiasm.

Joel Kelty, Vice President of CHGM's Board and Hill Havurah member says that Rabbi Hannah's "engaging approach, connecting modern life with traditional teachings, will be particularly meaningful as CHGM and its member congregations continue our collective mission of 'Tikkun Olam' (hebrew for 'healing the world'), through providing critical housing assistance and other supportive services to our neighbors in need." Welcome, Rabbi Hannah!

Become a HART Volunteer!
Join us for one of our upcoming trainings to learn how you 
can help our homeless neighbors stay safe throughout the year.
Tuesday, July 9th at 6:30 pm
Capitol Hill United Methodist Church.
Contact Abby at  o RSVP Here !

Action Hour Meetings
Join our advocacy group made up of housed and unhoused DC residents! 
Tuesday, July 12th and July 26th at 1:30 pm
Church of the Brethren Nutrition Program - 337 North Carolina Ave SE (enter on 4th Street)
No RSVP necessary.  Contact Abby at  for more information.

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