Pyramid Atlantic is a non-profit contemporary arts center that promotes artistic excellence in the fields of hand-papermaking, printmaking, digital media, and bookmaking. Among impressive facilities and tools are an antique letterpress, materials for hand-binding books, and the art gallery, which has a new solo show each month and is DC’s source for fine art prints and artistic activities. Members enjoy once-a-month, hands-on tutorials (such as screen-printing, bookmaking, and paper UFO folding), once-a-month tours of the new exhibits with the director of the Washington Printmaker’s Gallery (which curates Pyramid Atlantic’s exhibits), 10% off at the community arts store in Silver Spring, and 10% off live music and theater events.
The Washington, DC chapter of A Home Within provides weekly therapy sessions for youth in foster care, many of whom have suffered from unstable living environments and occasionally from abuse. Nationwide, 52 chapters of A Home Within partner with more than 750 private-practice therapists to meet the emotional needs of current and former youths in foster care. Participants have an opportunity to work through mental-health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and dissociative disorders. These sessions can help mitigate the stress of chronic loss and childhood trauma so that youths can rebuild their lives socially and emotionally and move toward mental well-being. The resulting relationship with a caring adult and steady role model can also empower young people to break the cycle of loss and become contributing members of their community.
LAYC's Street Outreach Program (SOP) connects runaway and homeless youth ages 13–24 with crucial services to help them work toward self-sufficiency and stability, housing, and family re-unification. To improve the quality of life for homeless young people who may not otherwise have access to basic resources, LAYC provides survival kits that include personal-hygiene supplies, first-aid kits, contraceptives, snacks, and information about LAYC services.
Alicia had a tent under the Francis Scott Key Bridge. She bathed in the river and ate canned food from a nearby church. But maintaining even this basic stability was difficult because of her struggle with alcoholism, respiratory infections, and schizophrenia, according to an article in The Atlantic. It was only when Pathways to Housing DC stepped in that Alicia found regular medical care and a safe place to live—no strings attached.
Following the belief that housing is a basic human right, Pathways to Housing DC addresses chronic homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities or addictions by providing immediate access to housing without preconditions. Its staff help people attain a level of dignity that they could not find sleeping under a bridge or on a park bench. In addition to housing, the organization serves as a comprehensive resource for its clients by providing supportive treatment services—all at lower costs than most shelters or psychiatric hospitals. Services such as wellness groups, therapy, nutrition consultations, and vocational planning help clients move toward recovery and achieve personal goals. With these services in place, Pathway to Housing DC maintains an 85% housing retention rate, even among those who were not considered housing-ready by other programs.
Cornerstone Closets' custom-built storage spaces clobber clutter and decimate messes. On an initial at-home visit, cleanup wizards will use proprietary ORGdesign software to plan and visualize closet structures as the client watches in real time. Prices for custom closets vary based on the quality of the materials and the type of finish, but a 96"x96" walk-in closet starts at $995 and can also contain specialized compartments for different possessions ($30–$75 each). Jewelry inserts secrete away baubles and knick-knacks from prying eyes, while racks can be draped with off-duty ties and belts. All storage structures can be crafted from a cornucopia of materials, from basic white melamine to rich wood-stained veneers and kelly green Flubber.