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WHF Foundation Volunteer Opportunity: Earth Day Planting at Open Arms Housing
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Date(s): April 23, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM  EST - 3:30 PM  EST
57 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Host: Open Arms Housing 
Directions: Metro - NoMa-Gallaudet U-New York Ave (Red line) 

Program Description: What Better Way to Celebrate Earth Day than helping a WHF Foundation (WHFF) partner Open Arms Housing(OAH), located in northwest DC, add some oxygen producing shrubs to beautify their building at 57 O St, NW.

Open Arms serves some of the hardest to reach homeless population, chronically homeless women, including those with mental illness. OAH’s impact comes from removing long term homeless women with mental illnesses from prolonged street living or stays in emergency shelters, taking them from under bridges, sleeping in public places, using wheelchairs while living in shelters, and suffering from cancer while living on the street.

WHFF needs 5-6 volunteers to dig holes, and put in shrubs around the building, which houses 16 formerly homeless women. If enough people volunteer, Open Arms operates a second building in Trinidad, where the project can continue.

WHFF President, Mary Martha Fortney said, “WHFF congratulates Open Arms Housing for their consistent work in helping some of the most endangered, vulnerable women from the streets to a supportive, stable living environment.” 

Open Arms’ current building, the Dunbar, houses 16 women added a second building, Owen House, in the Trinidad neighborhood of northeast DC, According to a 2014 count of people living in shelters and on the street yielded a count of 391 chronically homeless women, 132 with mental illness.  Only 2 of OAH’s 28 residents have returned to homelessness.

Contact  â€‹WHFF Board Member Jane DeMarines, liaison to Open Arms, at janedemarines@aol.com with any questions about this program. 


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