Greetings from WHF Foundation President Suzanne Garwood!

Just writing to let you know that the Foundation is kicking off a new spotlight series on our non-profit partners. We want to be sure that our WHF members know our grantee partners and the amazing work they do.

If you aren’t familiar with our partners – the list is here: our partners and we will be dedicating some space in our weekly newsletter to do a deep dive into the organizations. 

Our partner this month is Open Arms Housing.


Open Arms Housing

Open Arms’ motto is “Transforming Building, Transforming Lives.” 

At Open Arms Housing, their mission is to provide permanent homes and ongoing support to women experiencing homelessness. Special care is taken to provide comprehensive mental health support to OAH clients. OAH’s goal is to create safe, comfortable housing tailored to meet individual needs and to promote housing stability using the Housing First and Harm Reduction approaches. Serving the DC community for over 20 years, Open Arms boasts a housing stability rate of 95%.

OAH’s programs include:

  • Permanent Supportive Housing

The Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides permanent housing and supportive services to women experiencing chronic homelessness to ensure housing stabilization, self-sufficiency, and an overall better quality of life.

  • Single-Site Housing: The Dunbar

OAH first facility, The Dunbar began housing residents in the Fall of 2009. Its 16 units provide each woman with her own efficiency apartment that has a full kitchen and bathroom. The building has three wheelchair accessible units, shared phones and television, and a community room.

  • Scattered-Site Housing

In 2017, through a contract with the DC Department of Human Services, OAH began providing housing units in apartment buildings accompanied by supportive services throughout Washington, DC.

  • Single-Site Housing: Owen Place

OAH second building, Owen House, in the Trinidad neighborhood, opened in the Fall of 2015 with one-bedroom apartments for four women. At both locations, OAH staff provide on-site supportive and case management services.

If you would like to learn more about Open Arms Housing, please visit their website: Open Arms Housing



November/December 2019 Good Shepherd Housing Volunteer Series

The WHF Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule for its continuing Financial Empowerment program partnership with Good Shepherd Housing.  The next 7-week session will be held November 5 through December 17, 2019.  Using the Foundation's "Changepurse Strategy" curriculum, the sessions are conducted by WHF volunteers on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8pm.  One or two volunteers will be scheduled for each session.  Good Shepherd Housing is located at 8305 Richmond Highway, Suite 17B, Alexandria, Virginia. 

Interested in getting involved? Contact the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 or WHF Foundation director, and Good Shepherd Housing liaison, Jennifer Aguilar at 703-842-2241 or [email protected]


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