Meet The Team: Matty Beard

Welcome Matty Beard (LGSW/MSW), our new Case Manager & Advocacy Specialist to the DC Center! Matty (they/them preferred) looks forward to being in person and connecting with the community. You can currently connect with Matty at the DC Center on Monday – Wednesday & Friday from 12-6pm. Matty is looking forward to working with the DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) and being part of a team of beautiful, awesome queer people doing amazing things for the community.

Birthdate, Astro Sign

April 29th, 1992

Taurus Sun |  Aries Moon |  Libra Rising

Where are you originally from? 

Washington, DC

Why did you start working at the DC Center? 

Ultimately, to give back to the community and city that raised me and supported me when I needed it most. I come to the DC Center and community we serve with an emphasis in abolition, harm-reduction and dismantling of white supremacy.  I will be working closely with individuals and groups who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, especially those underserved, living with insecurities such as food, housing, substance abuse disorder/behavioral health needs, who regularly must interface with institutional systems of oppression. The process of navigating social services can often be (re)traumatizing and intentionally soul-crushing by design. Seeking help requires a lot of strength and resiliency as well as often requiring a person working within be that connection in gaining security.

As part of my role I will be: 

  1. available to the members of our community.  In-person & online. I am here to listen and can be reached at mattyb@thedccenter.org, or feel free to drop in anytime between 12-6pm M-W, F.
  2. a knowledgeable resource for people. There are often a plethora of resources in the form of assistance, support, funding and events that go unnoticed and underutilized. 
  3. active and responsive to the changing needs of the individuals and communities we serve. I will advocate and work with community members to create opportunities for their stories to be heard.  Also, providing critical education for people work with our community in dismantling professionalism, the importance of identity/gender-affirming care and work in anti-racism/decolonization.

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?

Joining the team in the years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a humbling reminder of how important community centers are. Just the ability to offer a consistent space for LGBTQ+ people has reminded me what pride personally feels like. Being available to talk with people in our community has already been incredibly rewarding. 

What is your music anthem? 

Gloria by Laura Branigan

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 

How my identity as a queer, non-binary has changed and evolved over time and my relationship to the community has as well. It often feels like what I’ve sought and needed the most from the community is adaptive and changes very fluidly. I feel lucky to have that in a community.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there? 

DuPont. Either hanging in the circle or walking down 17th between S & P St. This is something I’ve always done but have more appreciation for how connected it makes me feel as I have gotten older.  I love seeing older queer people, especially couples. It feels like a good reminder of how much I have already lived but also how much is still ahead. 

What is your favorite queer movie?  

Carol (2018)

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?  

I’m color-blind so probably not the best person to consult on a paint job. 

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Our elders. I think queerness gets recontextualized every generation but there is so much that we can universally gain from looking up to older queer folks. I have a wealth of respect and admiration for those who came before and I feel lucky enough to have older community members that remind me regularly the importance of shared connection, and in the end, what really matters to me. 



We Are Moving!!! Read Our Press Release About Our New LGBTQ+ Community Center

Street view of the outside of the DC Center's New Space

We’re so excited to share the big news!

We’re Moving!

Check out all the details about our new location in our press release and watch this space for more details to come!

This amazing next chapter in our LGBTQ+ community members lives needs your support!

Please click here and donate what you can to help support the creation of our new space!

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Rendition/Photo Credit: Hickok Cole, our architects on this project

Case Management & Advocacy Specialist Position Available

Job Opportunity at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

THIS POSITION IS FILLED.

The DC Anti-Violence Project of the DC Center for the LGBT Community is seeking a community-based trauma-informed mental health professional to provide case management services to and advocacy for LGBTQ+ survivors of trauma, violence, and abuse in the DMV area. The position also involves community leadership in facilitating community meetings/activities and in networking with and educating survivor services providers, to strengthen the appropriate and effective response of LGBTQ+ competent service provision to LGBTQ+ trauma survivors. Exceptional interpersonal, ethical, intercultural and client care skills are required. Fluency in both Spanish and English, expertise in transgender and gender non-binary and BIPOC issues and/or clinical licensure are a plus. Familiarity with TheraNest or other EHR systems is also a plus. Experience in providing telehealth via Zoom HIPAA-compliant video platform is desired, as the position includes virtual and in-person service provision.

CMA Specialist Position summary:

Since 2002, The DC Center for the LGBT Community has implemented a mission of educating, empowering, celebrating, uplifting and connecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Washington, DC. The Case Management and Advocacy (CMA) Specialist position helps to achieve this mission by providing case management and advocacy support services to LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, crime, and trauma. These services are available free-of-charge to our community members due to grant funding from the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG). The CMA Specialist will work with community members and clients individually via email, phone, HIPAA-compliant Zoom and in person, and as a member of the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) team, supporting two licensed mental health clinicians in connecting BHS clients to needed services. The CMA Specialist will also facilitate the monthly meetings of the DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) and related community based violence intervention, education and advocacy activities. The person who fills this position is also responsible for assisting on other related projects, such as record-keeping for the quarterly/ annual reporting and management of the OVSJG grant, outreach and education in the LGBTQ+ community, and assisting the mission, vision, and values of The DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP). There is limited funding available for professional development, and to assist with costs of renewing DC & MD licenses, if applicable. The CMA Specialist will assist with administrative needs as determined by the BHS/DCAVP Project Manager and report to the Executive Director. 

Special Skills:

The CMA Specialist must have at least 2 years’ experience working as a trauma-informed case manager and advocate with a diverse client population. They must have a demonstrated ability to work with LGBTQ+ adults, to work well as a team member, to problem solve and communicate at all levels verbally as well as in writing. Exceptional interpersonal, ethical, intercultural and client care skills are required. Must be self-motivated, ethical, and be able to build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and with key stakeholders in the larger victim-serving network of Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have prior nonprofit experience and crisis assessment, intervention and referral experience. Fluency in both Spanish and English, expertise in transgender and gender non-binary and BIPOC issues and/or clinical licensure are a plus.

CMA Specialist Functions and Duties

  • Be the point of contact and initial assessment for requests for mental health assistance and triage the requests as appropriate for referral to BHS clinicians and case management and advocacy to relevant providers within the District networks of care
  • Provide trauma-informed and interculturally competent case management assistance to DCAVP BHS clients (LGBTQ+ survivors of trauma, violence and abuse) in accessing appropriate organizations and providers for services beyond the parameters of mental health counseling offered by the DCAVP BHS Therapists
  • Provide email/phone/drop-in and virtual response to and follow-up with LGBTQ+ clients’ requests for advocacy, info & referral and warm-handoffs to wrap-around services in the District
  • Provide LGBTQ+ clients in crisis necessary crisis intervention, consultation and referrals to appropriate support systems (safety plans, hospitalization, referrals, etc.) as well as connection into BHS individual and group counseling services as appropriate
  • Build and maintain the BHS Providers List of LGBQ, TGNC, BIPOC competent, trauma-informed, culturally diverse mental health clinicians who are affordable and accessible for low-to-no income LGBTQ+ clients seeking long-term counseling services
  • Facilitate the monthly meetings of the DCAVP and manage the DCAVP listservs and social media outreach and advocacy activities, working in partnership with DCAVP community members to further the mission, vision, and values of the DCAVP
  • Write and coordinate DCAVP response for Community Impact Statements to support hate bias cases, in partnership with the the MPD LGBTSU and USAO, and public relations response as needed
  • Coordinate and/or represent the DCAVP at LGBTQ+ expert community collaborations and consultations with the partnering organizations in the continuum of services in the District (including VAN, VPART, HBTF)
  • Be the point of contact for requests for DCAVP collaboration and expertise on community programs and policy committees (such as the VAN, VPART, DCAVP, HBTF and others) and for requests for LGBTQ+ competency education and training for community organization professionals in LGBTQ+ issues and best practices for service provision
  • Build the District’s statistical knowledge base about crimes against and effective services for LGBTQ+ residents by designing client services and events evaluation processes and performing research and analysis of statistics culled from clients and feedback to assist in program development, funding requests and requests for informational statistics
  • Assist with keeping clinical statistical data, implementing and analyzing client evaluation feedback and writing quarterly reports and other grant deliverables for the OVSJG grant throughout the fiscal year, as determined by the BHS/DCAVP Project Manager
  • Assist in the management of the Direct Client Assistance program, a fund of resources to assist LGBTQ+ survivors in securing technology, internet connectivity, training and transportation to be able to consistently and safely access support services
  • Collaborate with DC Center staff to provide community-based education and outreach opportunities in line with OVSJG DCAVP grant requirements 
  • Keep a current schedule and accurate records of all clinical and non-clinical interactions in the systems in use by the DC Center and BHS team
  • Work well with a diverse staff team to facilitate an open, supportive and warm environment for all individuals who connect with The DC Center and represent the DC Center professionally within the community.

Salary range is $48,000-50,000.

Position includes health insurance, vacation and personal leave benefits.

Position is grant-funded on an annual basis (Oct 1, 2022 through Sept 30, 2023).

To apply, please send resumes and cover letters to supportdesk@thedccenter.org.

THIS POSITION IS FILLED.

How to Recognize and Handle Workplace Discrimination

Steps LGBTQ Workers Can Take If They are experiencing Discrimination in the workplace

LGTBQ+ people are subjected to harassment and discrimination at work every day but most
are too afraid to report their employers. They may need their jobs and worry about how they
would make ends meet if they got fired. Or they may be worried about retaliation if their
employer is held accountable for the discrimination and harassment. But you should know
that if you are LGBTQ+ you have a legal right to work in a place where you feel safe and are
not discriminated against.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act contains workplace protections against harassment and
discrimination. Title VII says that employers can’t discriminate against people based on where
they are from, their race, their sex, or their religion. The Supreme Court said that the
protections of Title VII also apply to LGBTQ+ people. It’s a Federal crime for employers to
discriminate against or harass you.
If you’re experiencing discrimination at work because you’re LGBTQ+ you can file a complaint
with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC was created to help protect
workers from harassment and discrimination. And the EEOC has an agreement in place with 44
states to share information about employers with the state labor boards in those states. That
means if you live in one of those states and file a complaint the state will receive copies of
any documents that you file with the EEOC.
Examples Of Workplace Discrimination
The most often reported types of discrimination that LGBTQ+ people face are:
Not Getting Raises Or Promotions
If you have not received a regularly scheduled raise or a promotion that you have earned but
other people have received raises or promotions that is usually due to discrimination. You may
also start receiving negative performance reviews only when a raise or an opportunity for a
promotion comes up.

Insults, Slurs, or Offensive Questions
If your coworkers are telling offensive “jokes”, using slurs for LGTQ+ people, passing around
offensive imagery, or in any other way making you feel unsafe or targeted at your job that’s
not allowed. You’re not being “too sensitive” even if they say you are. That’s discrimination
and you don’t have to tolerate it.
Misgendering you on purpose
If you’re a transgender person and have made your preferred pronouns clear but your
coworkers or boss refuse to use your correct pronouns or if they insist on using your dead
name even though you have made it clear you don’t go by that name that’s discrimination.
Filing A Workplace Discrimination Claim
Before you file a complaint with the EEOC you need to give your employer an opportunity to
stop the discrimination. There is a chance that they might not be aware of what you are going
through. So you need to create a detailed list of all of the experiences of discrimination and
harassment that have happened to you. Make sure that you include what happened and who
was involved as well as when it happened. Then present that list to your boss and demand
that they take action. If your boss doesn’t want to help you or seems reluctant to hold anyone
accountable, then you can go to the EEOC’s website to file a complaint.

You can also file a claim on the local level too level as well. In Washington, D.C., you can file
a discrimination complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights. Your claim on the state level
will also be dual-field with the EEOC and vice versa, so you don’t need to send the same
application twice.
Penalties For Discrimination
When employers violate the Civil Rights Act there are stiff penalties. Your employer could
have to pay fines of more than $10,000 or face criminal charges. If you were denied money
because you weren’t given a promotion or a raise you were owed you could receive a lump
sum of money for back pay. You also could receive money for pain and suffering.

DC Center Reopening FAQ

As we reopen, the DC Center is doing our best to meet the needs of our community while creating a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Please see below some of the information available about our space, our meetings, and other questions. We will update this information as necessary as the situation changes or we understand better what information people are looking for.

 

What are The DC Center’s hours of operation?

  • Mondays through Fridays from 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
  • Sundays are closed

 

Are support groups/meetings meeting in-person, virtually or hybrid?

Based on surveys and conversations with peer group facilitators and participants and abiding by social distancing guidelines, we are offering a hybrid (physical with webstation for Zoom) option for some while a completely virtual option for others, at each groups’ discretion. The information is available on the event sign-up for each group (easily found via: thedccenter.org/calendar

 

Which groups/meetings, and when, are offering a hybrid (in-person with webstation) meeting option? (This list subject to change as groups choose to return to the DC Center’s offices)

Fridays: Tea Time from 2 – 4 pm.

2nd Tuesday: Coming Out Group from 7 to 8:30pm.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays: Job Club from 6 – 7 pm.

3rd Saturdays: KhushDC from 1:30 to 2:30pm.

4th Saturdays: Black Lesbian Peer Support Group from 11 am – 1 pm

 

Which groups/meetings, and when, are offering a virtual (Zoom) only meeting option?

Any groups not listed above are meeting virtually.

Can I just walk-in to participate in a hybrid support group/meeting?

Currently, the Center is unable to accommodate walk-ups for peer support groups. Registration in advance will be required for peer support group meetings. Information in this regard will be circulated among peer support group leaders and participants as well as be listed on the Center’s website.

 

Are therapy meetings still being offered at the Center?

At this time all mental health therapy groups and sessions are remaining virtual via HIPAA compliant Zoom due to the continuing rates of COVID-19. A hybrid model of virtual and in person therapy services will be re-evaluated once the pandemic conditions permit safe in-person meeting.

 

When is the Center expected to open back up and what are some of the processes?

  • Monday October 4th; Monday through Friday 12 to 6pm; Saturday 11 to 3pm.
  • CyberStation social distance with three separate computers.
  • Peer and Support groups able to offer hybrid options depending on the comfort level of members and facilitators STARTING on Oct 13th. Option to sign up and come to join the Zoom meeting.
  • Mental Health services are to remain virtual at this time.
  • The Library and Lounge will have social distancing with fewer seats available to accommodate social distancing.
  • New and expanding clothing closet and food pantry for those in need of clothes and food.
  • The Art Gallery is opening up Saturday October 2nd with new artists. Art will be up for the next three months so it can be seen.

 

Now that the Center is reopening again, what kind of opportunities are available for those in the community who would like to get involved?

  • The best way to stay current with the Center’s activities is to subscribe to our newsletter via our website which comes out every week. This includes volunteer opportunities, information about art installation, monthly programs, and all different social media accounts to get news updates.
  • Volunteers wanting to become a support group facilitator are provided with the necessary training.
  • Joining a support group is the best way to stay connected to the Center and others in the community.
  • There is an events volunteer list to help in events like help preparing to open before events.
  • Members of the community can also join a board committee to help and learn how the Center works.

 

What will be the mitigation efforts to reopen the Center back safely?

  • Self-screenings will ask questions with regards to health symptoms.
  • Per DC law all staff are required to be vaccinated. However, proof of vaccinations or recent test are not going to be asked from community members.
  • In the center social distance practices and mask wearing will be mandated.
  • Peer support groups are being offered in hybrid format so those who are not feeling well do not feel obligated to come into the Center.
  • In accordance with CDC guidelines contact-tracing will be implemented so signup sheets will be mandatory for all who visit the center with their name, phone number and email address.
  • 2 portable air filters have been purchased for the DC Center’s meeting space. They are rated to filter down to .01 microns in size.

 

Are masks required at the Center?

Per CDC guidelines all staff/participants (2yrs or older) physically at the building are required to always wear masks to stop the spreading of COVID-19.

 

What will happen if either staff or participants test positive for COVID-19?

  • The Center will be closed until a full deep cleaning is completed.
  • Staff present/exposed will be asked to quarantine and work remotely until such time as they can provide a negative non-rapid COVID test, per CDC guidelines.
  • Participants/guests who visited 3-4 days prior will be notified of the potential exposure and be asked to contact the DC Center if they are showing symptoms.

 

Will social distancing be enforced at the Center?

The maximum number of people in the DC Center at one time has been adjusted to a maximum of 25 to 30 to accommodate enough space for social distancing.

 

What kind of sanitation procedures will be implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19?

  • Sneeze Guards will be installed at the Cyber Center and front desk, as well as 6-foot distance floor markers.
  • A sanitation station will be set up outside the Center that includes wipes/sanitizer, gloves, mask and health self-assessment.
  • Using a clean pen and used pen system, all who enter the Center will need to fill out a log for contact tracing purposes with information such as name, phone number and email address.
  • Cleaning and sanitation procedures will be implemented more frequently throughout the day.
  • Air purification system will be provided for various spaces within the Center.

 

If I am unwilling or unable to comply with mask mandates, will I be turned away from the Center?

To enter the DC Center, you will be asked to wear a mask. If someone is unwilling or unable to wear a mask and/or mentions health issues, assistance will be provided to them outside the DC Center in the Atrium to the best of our staff’s ability. We ask that everyone consider that many people come through the DC Center on a regular basis, so it’s important to make sure everyone is protecting the community by doing what we can. 

 

If rates of COVID continue to rise in DC will the Center remain open?

Federal and local guidelines will be closely monitored and adhered to, up to and including closing the Center due to an increase in COVID cases in the DC area to ensure the safety of our employees and constituents.

¡Bienvenido/Welcome Michele Johns, LGSW!

Michele Johns, LGSW, Therapist

!Bienvenido a Michele al DC Center/Welcome Michele to the DC Center!

Michele (she/her) joined us in 2021 as one of our trauma-informed, licensed mental health clinicians. Michele speaks English and Spanish. We are very excited to have her on the DC Center team!

You can meet Michele at the DC once it is safe to return to the Center in-person, but for now, read on to learn about her.

I love working with staff, volunteers, and folks who connect to The DC Center for community, care and creativity.  The DC Center is an exciting place that invites and welcomes and nurtures authenticity and creativity – and real and lasting connections – through art, therapy, education, and advocacy.  I really look forward to being able to gather in person at The DC Center – and until then, will continue to seek and soak up the virtual connections!

I enjoy leading groups, working individually with folks, and connecting to the other aspects of the Center – like the open mics, art and movie gatherings.

I look forward to bringing my full self to The DC Center – my queer, social justice-y, artistic, therapist, religiously trained, Spanish-speaking, pet-loving self!

Birthdate, Astro Sign:

–October 2, Libra

 

Where are you originally from?

–born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

Why did you start working at the DC Center?

–because I got lucky!!!  I wanted to be a part of a dynamic, creative, authentic, place doing real and transformative work with and for our LGBTQ+ community!  It is an amazing place!  I am fortunate to be a part of The DC Center!

 

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?

–collaboration with amazing, creative, and dynamic staff and working with folks who come to The DC Center for connection, care, and healing!

 

What is your music anthem?

–I love music!  Life could and maybe should be a musical!  So picking one song or album is really hard.  I love “Rise Up” (Andra Day) and “This is Me” (Keala Settle and “The Greatest Showman Ensemble”) and Joy Oladokun’s latest album!  And I am a longtime fan of The Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, and Maná!

 

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

–we are resilient and creative!  We know pain and we know how to have a great time!  We know how to make joy come alive!  We know how to make sparkling lemonade out of dry lemons!  We know how to create and recreate family and community, to rise from the ashes and live in vibrant color!

 

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?

–there are so many great spots in DC!  I love exploring Rock Creek Park, the museums, and hanging out around U Street.

 

What is your favorite queer movie?

–“Pose” (not a movie, but, yes!  Wow!!)

 

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?

–rainbow, of course!!   With colors in the Progress Pride flag.

 

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

–there are so many I look to with deep gratitude and respect.  I look to the artists – who birth creations that touch souls and transform minds.  I look to those at Stonewall who let the uprising and were then ignored and discarded.  I look to those who had to live in the closets in order to survive and were quiet revolutionaries.  I look to courageous leaders in spiritual and religious settings who name truths of the inherent worth and dignity of each person.  I look to the amazing performers in “Pose” – who have fought to be where they are and have transformed lives from their audacity to live their lives out loud!  I look to children of today, with more freedoms and choices of who to be and how to be – and to the adults around them who are following the lead of the children, rather than imposing rigid norms of how and who to be.

Undetected: More Than A Status

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History month,  join us  for our special programing highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in the black community and how we move forward – together – stronger . will be a having a candid talk about how HIV and Stigma affects the black community , paneled by local and national activist from around the United States. One of our panelist is Shawnte Spriggs, Shawnte Spriggs is a phenomenal speaker, writer and advocate who continues to do phenomenal work in the Black community for individuals living with HIV. From facilitating support groups and attending grant meetings to the birth of her prolific book, Undetected: More Than A Status, Shawnte has continued to battle HIV stigma towards advancement of the Black community. Below is a quick synapsis of her book. For individuals who join our programming, we will be offering free copies of her inspirational book.

Summary: 
Undetected is a quick and easy read to help better understand the emotional challenges and outcomes a person living with HIV can undergo during their journey to overall wellness. This book is designed for individuals diagnosed with HIV, their Friends and Family and anyone servicing people living with HIV. This book will: (1) Show you common emotions and mindsets associated with this diagnosis; (2) Review the effects of past and unresolved Trauma; (3)Share various ways support can possibly look for a person living with HIV; (4) Provide practical and healthy tips to render positive and productive results.

Purchase a Copy

Amazon link

 

We Are Closed In Observance Of Juneteenth

 

The DC Center will be closed on June 19, 2020 in observance of Juneteenth

and

to support the #StrikeForBlackLives. #BlackLivesMatter

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

Adult Meal Programs in the District Available During Covid-19

Adult Meal Programs in the District Available During Covid-19

Updated March 20th, 2020

 

For more information on food assistance provided during the Coronavirus, go to the D.C. Food Policy Council website:

https://dcfoodpolicy.org/resources/coronavirus/

 

How to Sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):

 

The District’s SNAP program helps residents buy the food they need for good health. Individuals can apply for SNAP benefits through the D.C. Department of Human Services online or by calling (202) 727-5355. During COVID-19, all current SNAP recipients will be automatically re-certified.

 

How to Sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC):

 

WIC provides important services and nutrient-rich foods to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5. Individuals can apply for WIC through the D.C. Department of Health by calling 1(800) 345-1WIC.

 

Feeding Sites Serving Grab and Go Meals

 

  • Little Sesame in partnership with Dreaming Out Loud is offering meals for vulnerable communities at Kelly Miller Middle School Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:00pm at 301 49th St NE

 

  • N Street Village providing bagged breakfast 7:00-8:30am daily and bagged lunch from 12:00-12:30pm daily at 1333 N St NW

 

Food/Grocery Distribution Sites Offering Pre-packed Food Boxes

 

  • Allen Chapel AME Church on Fridays from 9:30am-12:00pm and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays at 8:30am-10:30 am at 2498 Alabama Ave SE

 

  • Bread for the City offering groceries to medical patients with urgent care needs at NW center from 8:30 am-12pm (SW center is closed). NW center is located at 1525 7th St NW #3201

 

  • Father McKenna Center on Mon-Thursday 1:30 – 4:00PM at 19 I St NW, Washington DC

 

  • LaSalle Backus Education Campus on Fridays 12:00pm-2:00pm at 501 Riggs Rd NE

 

  • Martha’s Table at The Commons offers shopping on site once a month for produce and pantry items on Mon-Friday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tues 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at 2375 Elvans Rd SE

 

  • Martha’s Table Market at The Maycroft offers shopping on site once per month for fresh produce and pantry items on Mon-Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at 1401 Columbia Rd NW

 

  • Urban Outreach on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm at 5343 C St SE. Call (202) 575-4867 for more information. Leave a voicemail and someone will contact you.

 

Free Meals at Community Kitchens

 

Community kitchens will offer lunches for those in need of a meal and will operate out of the restaurants’ side doors.

 

  • American Eats Tavern, 12 – 5 pm daily at 3139 M St NW

 

  • Jaleo, 480 7th St NW (Penn Quarter)

 

  • Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th St NW

 

  • Zaytinya, 701 9th St NW

 

Additional Free Take Out Meals for Specific Adult Populations Food industry workers:

 

  • Hook Hall, daily 6-8 pm at 3400 Georgia Ave NW (Family meals and care kits also available)

 

Seniors:

 

  • Medium Rare is delivering free meals to the isolated senior community who are 70+ in DC, email mail@MediumRareRestuarant.com for information and to request a meal

 

Adult Meal Programs in the District Available During Covid-19

 

Updated March 20th, 2020

 

For more information on food assistance provided during the Coronavirus, go to the D.C. Food Policy Council website:

 

https://dcfoodpolicy.org/resources/coronavirus/

 

Hospital workers (with valid ID):

  • Rasa, free take-out meals for hospital team members and their families at 1247 First St SE

 

  • &Pizza, free pizza to hospital workers at Barracks Row, Chinatown, Dupont, E Street, H Street, Hotel Hive, K Street, U Street, Rayburn, Tenleytown, Potomac Yards (text 200-03 #Hero to obtain unique code)

 

Healthy Corner Discounts

 

To ensure that nutritious food is available in all DC neighborhoods, DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners program is continuing operations and discounting fresh, whole fruits and vegetables up to 50%. Participating stores are below, and stores where you can get $5 for fresh produce when you use SNAP benefits are listed in bold.

 

A & S Grocery, 4748 Sheriff Road NE Anacostia Market, 1303 Good Hope Road SE
   
Ambo Market at 301 P ST NW Bodega Market, 1136 Florida Ave NE
   
BP Benning Marketplace, 4400 Benning Rd NE BP Blaire Gas Station, 7000 Blair Rd NW
   
Brookland Supermarket & Deli at 2815 7TH St NE Capitol Market, 2501 North Capitol St NE
   
Circle 7,1211 Mt.Olivet Road NE Crown Gas Station Florida Ave, 908 Florida Ave NW
   
DC Mini Mart, 1828 1st Street NW Dollar Plus Food Store (Penn Ave), 2529 Pennsylvania Ave SE
   
Dollar Plus Food Store (Bladensburg Rd.), 3182 Bladensburg Rd Dollar Plus Food Supermarket (Howard Rd.), 1453 Howard
NE Road SE
   
Economy Market, 1804 D St NE Elmira Grocery, 4401 South Capitol Street SW
   
Exxon Gas Station at 1601 New York Ave NE FlexCare Pharmacy, 3857 Alabama Ave SE
   
Fort Drum Market, 4868 MLK Jr. Ave SE G&G Grocery, 2924 Minnesota Ave SE
   
Good Food Market, 2006 Rhode Island Ave NE Grubb’s Southeast Pharmacy, 1800 MLK Jr Ave SE
   
Helen Mart, 4907 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE Holiday Market, 3509 Wheeler Rd SE
   
Kwik Stop, 4801 Georgia Ave NW Langdon Market at 2409 Franklin St NE
   
Liff’s Market, 600 Alabama Ave SE Market 77, 3021 Georgia Ave NW
   
McKinley Market, 321 T Street NE Mellon Market, 2921 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
   
Missouri Avenue Market, 5900 Georgia Ave NW MLK Mini Mart, 3333 MLK Jr. Ave SE
   
Neighborhood Market, 1611 Rhode Island Ave NE Newton Market, 3600 12th St NE
   
Night N Day 24 Hour Store, 5026 Benning Rd SE Northeast Supermarket, 1201 Mt Olivet Rd NE
   
Secrets of Nature, 3923 South Capitol St SW Shipley Super Market, 2283 Savannah Street, SE
   
Smiley Mart, 3019 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Sonya’s Market, 2833 11th St NW
   
Starlight Food, 5424 5th St NW Sunbeam Market, 2324 North Capitol St NW
   
Texas Convenience Store, 4350 Texas Ave SE The Cupboard, 1504 East Capitol Street NE
   
T&G Grocery, 1727 North Capitol St NE Thomas & Sons Food Market 3425 Benning Rd NE
   
Toni’s Market, 5319 East Capitol Street SE Uptown Market, 2701 14th St NW
   
Wheeler Market, 4133 Wheeler Rd SE Z Mart, 1507 Kenilworth Ave NE
   

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefit Provisions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

THE DISTRICT’S UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) SYSTEMS ARE CURRENTLY
UNDERGOING MODIFICATIONS TO ADDRESS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE
RECENTLY PASSED CARES ACT. THEY ARE WORKING EXPEDITIOUSLY TO CREATE NEW
INTERNAL PROCESSES, MODIFY THEIR CURRENT TECHNICAL SYSTEMS, TRAIN STAFF,
AND CONDUCT USER ACCEPTANCE TESTING BEFORE ADMINISTERING THE NEW
PROGRAMS CREATED BY THE CARES ACT. SEE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BELOW:

DOES_CARES Act FAQs

 

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