The WHF Foundation is proud to partner with and support non-profit organizations in the community whose work supports our mission --helping women and their families in the DC area by providing charitable services and educational activities primarily housing support.

The WHF Foundation Partner Spotlight features stories of the work that WHF members are doing in the community with our partner organizations and beneficiaries of our grants and scholarships. Read these to learn more about how to become an active volunteer in our mission.

Open Arms Housing, Inc. Celebrates Recent Events and Accomplishments 

Open Arms Housing provided permanent supportive housing to 84 formerly homeless women in Washington, D.C. from 2017-2018. There were 64 women in scattered-site units, 20 in single site buildings and 23 are currently in the housing search. These programs had high success rates and maintained a 94% rate of housing stability.

OAH fulfilled a Challenge Grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Rosanne Haggerty, Executive Director of Community Solution and a MacArthur Fellow, and a leader in ending homelessness, (below) spoke at the 2018 Annual Fundraiser, her words were inspiring— “Ending homelessness, she said, is not harder than ending small pox—and we did that!”


Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) Executive Director Ramon Jacobsen speaks at the Fundraiser. The husband of the late Oramenta Newsome, Executive Director of LISC for twenty-five years, receives a posthumous award from OAH on her behalf. LISC helped OAH to purchase our buildings.


Two clients also spoke at the 2018 Annual Fundraiser. The first, Matrice Jones, lives at The Dunbar. Deborah Veney lives in a scattered site unit in SE Washington.


Current and former board members of OAH.

 In November, the residents of The Dunbar had a Thanksgiving feast provided by members of the Sinai Baptist Church, who also provide bible study to our residents. 



Contact the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 with any questions on volunteering with the WHF Foundation.

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