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CHGM Launches New Community Engagement Programs

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April was a busy month as CHGM hosted our first Community Night and Action Hour events.

 

Community Night on April 22nd featured a "Homelessness Challenge" activity that enabled participants to get a sense of the obstacles and frustrations homeless individuals regularly encounter as they attempt to accomplish daily tasks. Following the simulation, we provided an "Outreach Friends" training to equip participants with concrete tools and ideas for engaging our homeless neighbors. 

 

The following week, CHGM hosted our first Action Hour at Church of the Brethren, immediately  following their lunch service. We used our first meeting with about ten chronically homeless individuals to begin talking about program goals and ground rules to allow safe space for respectful dialogue. We hope our Action Hours will provide opportunities for homeless individuals to learn self-advocacy skills and contribute to broader advocacy work around homelessness in DC. 

 

Community Night and Action Hour are just two of the many new ways to participate in CHGM's work. We are currently in need of volunteers for the the following additional opportunities:

  

Meal Preparation: Prepare and share lunch with guests at Shirley's Place, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11am-1pm.

Shirley's Space: Lead your own fun or informative workshop at Shirley's Place, Thursdays 10am-11am.

Casserole Making: Make a casserole for us to reheat and serve to Shirley's Place guests, anytime.

Bakery Pick-Up: Pick up leftover baked goods from a Au Bon Pain and deliver them to Shirley's Place and/or the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church breakfast program the next morning. Pick up Tuesdays at 8pm, drop off Wednesdays at 8am

 

Please contact Whitney Parnell for more details at parnell@chgm.net.
Ask the DC Council to Help Families Home!

 Right now, DC has a chance to make sure that homeless families get the help they need, rather than languishing at the DC General shelter, in motels or rec centers, or on the street. Through the 2015 budget, the Council can devote the resources needed to help create a high-quality family homeless system in DC.

 

That's why CHGM and 22 other organizations, with leadership from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, put together "Helping Families Home: A Roadmap for the District." This plan would put DC on a path to providing families access to decent shelter when they need it, while also offering help to quickly move from shelter to a safe and stable home.

 

But we need your help!

 

Sign the petition to let the DC Council know that you care about homeless families. Over 1,400 children spent time in emergency shelter this winter, and no one wants that to happen again. By signing the petition, and sharing it with your friends, you can help make sure that this year's homeless families crisis is not repeated next year.

 

CHGM Volunteers Take the Pain out of Tax Prep

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Our 41st Annual Free Tax Clinic was held every Thursday evening from February 27th through April 10th, and again on Tax Day, April 15th. Volunteers, Mike Ambrose, Rick Halberstein, Martha Huizenga, and Christine Hoffman served approximately 60 people, including 46 individual taxpayers and 5 to 10 couples filing jointly. 

 

With most clients needing to file federal and one or more local returns, and some needing to file in three or more jurisdictions or for prior years, our dedicated volunteers prepared approximately 150 returns!  

 
We are so grateful to our dedicated volunteers for their service to the Capitol Hill Community, and to Lincoln Park United Methodist Church for hosting the clinic in its space. We can only imagine the vast amount of frustration and anxiety you prevent clinic participants from having to experience each year. 
Thank you!
Upcoming Events
 
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.
 
Community Night, May 13 (6:00pm - 7:30pm) - Attend CHGM's Community Night the second Tuesday of every month at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church (421 Seward Sq SE). Each month, you'll learn about a different aspect of homelessness, and specific action that you can take to address the problem.
 

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

 

Action Hour, May 27 (1:30pm - 2:30pm) Attend CHGM's "Action hour" the fourth Tuesday of every month, where will engage with our homeless neighbors, listen to their needs, and help them to be effective advocates for themselves.

    

12th Annual Hope for the Homeless Golf Tournament, September 22 (1:30pm shotgun start) - Join us at Glenn Dale Country Club for great fun for a great cause! Details and sponsorship information coming soon!

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