Since its inception in 2001, A Wider Circle has provided basic need items and educational workshops to more than 175,000 individuals and families. Our efforts to end poverty have also led us to low-income schools and neighborhoods, where we deliver myriad programs aimed at helping one individual and one family after another to rise out of poverty.
Barry Farm is one such neighborhood, with 100% of its residents living in deep poverty. The story of Barry Farm’s residents is the story of many low-income neighborhoods: young women becoming teen moms and young men experiencing a chronic lack of opportunity that leads to lost potential and, often, to lost lives.
An Opportunity Arises . . .
Members of the Barry Farm Resident Council first met A Wider Circle during a backpack and food distribution that A Wider Circle held in August 2014 at a church located nearby to Barry Farm. By late 2014, the Resident Council approached A Wider Circle about bringing more of its services to Barry Farm.
This new partnership with Barry Farm’s Resident Council and the DC Housing Authority is an opportunity to create significant change for those in need of support and to help Barry Farm families strive for a future filled with dignity, independence, and opportunity.
At A Wider Circle, we know that this is not just the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do.
On May 2, 2015, A Wider Circle opened its arms and its doors onsite at Barry Farm in Southeast DC, partnering with residents and other service providers to create a safer and more vibrant neighborhood.
The following services are free of charge to all Barry Farm adults and children:
- Department Store & Pantry
- Professional Attire & Accessories
- Job Skills Training
- Youth Mentoring & Tutoring
- Long-term Individual & Family Support
- Life Skills Workshops
Donating made easy:
In order to provide the highest level of service to the Barry Farm community, we have pre-selected household and personal care items that are most often requested by the individuals and families that live in the neighborhood. Click here to choose which item you want to donate and it will be shipped directly to us.
For more information, please contact A Wider Circle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-687-3730