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How We Help

A Wider Circle’s efforts focus on the provision of basic need items, education, and long-term support. These three components work in concert to create lasting change in the lives of those we serve. A Wider Circle says no to nobody! Anyone in need of help can find it here. In addition to all of the individuals and families that call us, more than 300 government, social service, and nonprofit agencies regularly contact us for help in serving their clients.

All of A Wider Circle’s services are provided free of charge. If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact us today.

 

Neighborhood Partnerships

A Wider Circle’s Neighborhood Partnerships Program works to end poverty from directly within low-income neighborhoods. The program utilizes a collaborative model that focuses on: 1.) the creation of safe and vibrant neighborhoods; 2.) the provision of education and workforce readiness programs; 3.) the development of long-term support networks, and; 4.) the assurance of quality housing and basic need items for all. While many programs address each of these issues in isolation, the Neighborhood Partnerships Program looks at the needs of individuals and collective needs of the community – and addresses them under one umbrella. All programs and services are delivered in the community.

A Wider Circle at Highland Dwellings

On December 14, 2016 A Wider Circle began serving in Highland Additions and Dwellings, a neighborhood in Southeast D.C. that has long held high rates of poverty and violence.  The program there engages every sector in the solution to these conditions, with a goal of ensuring that every community member can see a path out of poverty.  Through this program, residents work side by side with nonprofit, government, and for-profit partners to transform the community – from the ground up.

A Wider Circle at Barry Farm

In May of 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 offered 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

For more information, click here.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, A Wider Circle’s largest program, provides beds, dressers, tables, chairs, dishes, pots, pans, and other large and small home goods to families transitioning out of shelters, escaping domestic violence, or otherwise living without their basic need items.

Individuals and families call on their own or are referred to A Wider Circle by more than 300 government or nonprofit social service agencies, large and small. After speaking to our staff and scheduling an appointment to visit our Center for Community Service, people have the opportunity to select the items they need, free of charge. Each year, A Wider Circle furnishes the homes of more than 4,000 families, helping to create the stability and dignity that everyone deserves.

Workforce Development

At A Wider Circle, we know that one cannot get out of poverty without a job. That is why the major focus of our educational programming is workforce development. Every season, we have an intensive program that includes resume-writing, interview skills, career path identification, and job advancement, among other topics. Job coaches are provided to every participant. Access to computers for resume-writing and job searching is also provided. Finally, A Wider Circle’s Professional Development Center – through which we serve more than 1,000 individuals each year – has a showroom of professional attire and accessories that is… better than Bloomingdales and nicer than Nordstrom.

Anyone in need of professional attire and accessories is welcome, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in our classes, and people are encouraged to take as much as they need to interview, work, and simply have the professional clothing they need. 

For information on workforce readiness classes or individual job coaching, please email us at education@awidercircle.org

To set up an appointment to receive professional attire and accessories, please contact Kim Canary at kim@awidercircle.org

Wraparound Support Program

At A Wider Circle, we know that the number one reason people are in poverty is birth. The number one reason people rise out of poverty is support—and that’s where you come in.

We are seeking volunteers to provide long-term, wraparound support to those seeking to rise out of poverty. Each volunteer will work as part of a group of four to provide support to one individual or family. Partners will engage in problem-solving, identify helpful resources and trainings, and address barriers to independence. No expertise is needed—only humanity and compassion.

For more information, click here.

Wellness Programming

Every month, A Wider Circle offers dynamic workshops on the topics below. Individuals are invited to attend every month or whatever topic is of interest.

Workshop Descriptions:

Financial Planning
Gain effective, practical skills for all aspects of money management, including creating a budget, resolving credit problems, and saving money.

Healthy Parenting
Learn how to encourage, nurture, resolve conflict, and create a calm, stable living environment for the entire family.

Stress Management
Learn about the mind-body connection and the life-changing effects of positive visualization, guided relaxation, and journal writing.

Nutrition
Discover the benefits of a natural approach to a healthy diet and learn tips and recipes for you and your whole family to eat healthy on a budget.

To register or more for information, contact Liz Anne Ganiban at lizanne@awidercircle.org

Well Mother, Well Baby

For many girls growing up in low-income environments, motherhood arrives too soon – often limiting choices and perpetuating the cycles of poverty. Children of teen mothers are at greater risk of childhood illness and lack of educational opportunities than their peers.  The Well Mother, Well Baby Program is an educational and outreach initiative preparing pregnant teens for a healthy pregnancy and a bright future. Our aim is to empower our participants to develop healthy behaviors, make their own positive choices, and be the best parents they can be.  Programs are delivered at high schools to more than 100 participants each year and include weekly classes on topics such as Labor & Delivery, Healthy Relationships, Parenting skills, Breast feeding, Infant massage, Financial management, Nutrition, and Child Safety.

A Wider Circle also provides each mom with a graduation baby shower at which she receives basic need items for herself and her baby (cribs, strollers, diapers, clothing, etc.). After the final baby shower, the program continues on through the participants’ relationships with their mentors– experienced mothers who provide support, advice, and friendship during and after the pregnancy.

For information, contact us at contact@awidercircle.org

Public Housing Wellness

The Public Housing Wellness Program provides individuals living in public housing residences with wellness programming, social activities, and basic need items. A Wider Circle works with resident councils and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) to reach seniors, individuals who are disabled, and families.

Additional aspects of this program include:

  • Access to health & wellness information
  • Wellness workshops covering stress & anger management, nutrition, substance abuse, and more
  • Bingo, Jeopardy!, and arts & crafts programs
  • Provision of basic need items
  • Enhancement of DCHA properties with gardening and other beautification projects

For more information, contact us at contact@awidercircle.org

Bridge to the Arts

Bridge to the Arts is a new program of A Wider Circle dedicated to helping individuals and families pursue a new vision for their lives – a vision that does not include poverty – by bridging the cultural divide in Washington, DC. Bridge to the Arts (BTTA) will bring participants to local events ranging from book talks and concerts to theater programs and more. Click here to learn more about the program and upcoming events.

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