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.
Throughout its history, the United States has been an experiment in equality. With every century that has passed, the nation has become more inclusive, more accepting, and more tolerant—one step at a time. Now, the country is at the brink of a new state of openness as individuals and organizations work to secure equal rights for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
The Human Rights Campaign is a leading force in this movement to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It has advocated for marriage equality and an end to discrimination against LGBT people, and it holds businesses accountable through its Corporate Equality Index, in which 304 businesses scored a 100% rating in 2014. Working to effect change on every level of society, HRC worked to help repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, and raised more than $20 million to—among other 2012 objectives—reelect President Barack Obama and win marriage equality in all three states where the issue was on the ballot. Every day, HRC's 1.5 million supporters aspire to achieve more victories like these through advocacy, investments, and education, making the US a safer and more equal place for all.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Manchesters Bar and Grill.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Manchesters Bar and Grill's great happy hour.
At Manchesters Bar and Grill, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Get down with a live DJ while dining and have some fun on the restaurant dance floor.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Manchesters Bar and Grill to create the perfect night.
At Manchesters Bar and Grill, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include U Street Metro (Green, Yellow) and Shaw Metro (Green, Yellow).
At Manchesters Bar and Grill, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Manchesters Bar and Grill's menu is decked out with all your pub favorites, so you won't need to worry. There's definitely something for everyone!
Potomac Riverkeeper, a chapter of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, works to keep the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers clear of pollution to protect marine life and ensure clean drinking water for more than five million people. To this end, it harnesses the help of more than 400 local volunteers. When these Riverwatchers see pollution, they report it to Potomac Riverkeeper via phone or email, enabling the organization to seek out the origin of the pollution and halt its spread. In addition to these reactive steps, Potomac Riverkeeper strives for a cleaner environment through the Clean Water Enforcement Program, which takes legal action against larger polluters, and the Green Farms, Clean Rivers Project, which works with farmers to prevent pesticides and animal waste from entering streams.
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.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Dodge City.
There's often a DJ spinning as well, and patrons are encouraged to step out on the dance floor.
The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Dodge City is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Tired from driving? Enjoy a relaxing ride when you take public transportation; accessible stops include Shaw Metro (Green, Yellow) and U Street Metro (Green, Yellow).
Bike parking is quick and easy at Dodge City.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Are you ready for a bite of pure heaven with Dodge City's delicious pub food?