Deanwood Community Meal (All are welcome), 4816 Sheriff Rd NE, Friday, 11. January 2019

Come out and enjoy a warm meal every Friday 3pm-7pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
If you know a neighbor, friend, homeless person, unemployed, gang involved, single mother, run away youth bring them by for a warm meal and a positive message of hope. We want to feed people's bodies and souls on their path to stability.
IT IS THE MISSION OF KINGDOM OF FAITH UNITED HOLY CHURCH OF AMERICA INC. to effectively minister the Word of God to the people of God through teaching, preaching and Reaching Out to Souls Everywhere. We believe that we are divinely called to address the needs of the total person, as our Savior did, and strive to lift the name of Jesus in our church, community and the world in which we live. We expect to accomplish this mission through our commitment to praise, worship, stewardship, evangelism and economic development. 


a) your organization’s mission and work
Kingdom of Faith United Holy Church of America was founded in 1990. The organization provides a variety of faith-based social services including: youth programs, feeding programs, and juvenile justice prevention programs, fatherhood initiative and a reentry initiative for ex-offenders. Kingdom of Faith is located at 4816 Sheriff Rd in Northeast Washington DC in the Deanwood Community. This community is feeling the effects of gentrification and has seen an influx in the homeless population in the last five years. In response to this crisis Kingdom of Faith United Holy Church of America has established the Deanwood Community Meals Program to provide warm meals through an interconnected network of churches and nonprofits. The program works with local social services agencies, employment offices, and temporary shelters to create a safety net for homeless individuals.  

b) the problem(s) to be addressed by the proposal;
In the District of Columbia over 111,035 people live in poverty (US Census, 2018). The Homeless Research Institute reports D.C. as the worst city for homelessness in America. Their research states “D.C.’s biggest problem lies with its inability to effectively address the increase of families experiencing homelessness. While the national average for individuals in homeless families decreased by 2.6 percent from 2015-2016, D.C.’s average increased by over 34 percent.”

D.C.’s minimum wage relative to the rising housing prices exacerbates the problem. A District resident earning minimum wage would have to work 93 hours per week in order to afford a one-bedroom rental at the Fair Market Price. This dilemma exacerbates DC crime problem. In 2018 DC has had 67,137 total reported crimes with 28,649 reported cases of theft and 3,525 assaults with a deadly weapon (Metropolitan Police Department, 2018). One of the most economically distressed areas is the Deanwood Community in Northeast DC. A study by Sheffield Hallman University surveyed more than 400 homeless to reveal the desperate steps taken by the homeless to find shelter. Nearly 30% admitted to committing a "minor crime such as shoplifting or anti-social behaviour" in the hope of being taken into custody for the night.

c) the work to be performed
The Deanwood Community Meals Program provides weekly warm meals through an interconnected network of churches and nonprofits. The program works with local social service agencies, employment offices, and temporary shelters to create a safety net for homeless individuals. The Deanwood Community Meals Program operates Fridays from 3pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-3pm at St. Rose Pentecostal Holy Church of America, 4816 Sheriff Rd in Northeast DC. Each week community volunteers meet to share a meal with local homeless and hungry clients. At these meals professionals from St. Rose Pentecostal Holy Church of America and partnering organizations provide hope and critical problem solving conversations to help individuals find a) immediate housing shelters, b) social services, and c) potential work and re-training activities. Additionally the program provides information on a rotation of free meals provided by neighboring partner churches such as Macedonia Community Church. Our experience has found that free meals allows St. Rose to becoming a connecting place for homeless to find vital resources to improve lives and reduce crime. 

Friday, 11. January 2019, 4816 Sheriff Rd NE, Deanwood Community Meal (All are welcome)

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