This page highlights the work of organizations that the Agua Fund supports.
Bread for the City operates two centers in the District of Columbia and provides direct services, including food, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and social services to tens of thousands of low-income DC residents per year. Our mission is to provide these comprehensive services, free of charge, to the city’s poor in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Our programs engage our region’s homeless on all levels, from providing coffee and a breakfast sandwich to people living on the streets, to serving meals at shelters, transitional homes, and halfway houses , to engaging those who are ready to change their lives in job training.
Emmaus Services reaches out to build trust with seniors, providing support, advocacy and services that help them remain active and independent members of their community.
The Medical House Call Program at Medstar Washington Hospital Center provides frail elders in the District of Columbia with home-based primary care, allowing them to age in place and live with dignity. The program is the largest of its kind in the D.C. region and the only house call program that applies an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers who can address a wide range of patient needs.http://www.medstarwashington.org/our-services/geriatrics-and-medical-house-call-program/
For thirty-five years, Legal Counsel for the Elderly has been “Making a Difference in the District” as the leading provider of free legal services for vulnerable D.C. seniors—championing the dignity and rights of Washington’s elderly and helping our older neighbors in need.
Reflecting the diversity of our community, more than 90% of those we help are persons of color, and 3 out of 4 elders we assist are low-income women. LCE delivers free legal assistance, as well as specialized social work services, to at-risk older neighbors who are living in communities that need our help the most, and the majority of our clients reside in Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8.
Thrive DC provides critical support services to homeless and low-income men, women, and children. Each day, as part of our Daily Bread/Daily Needs program, our staff provides a comprehensive range of crisis services: breakfast and dinner; free showers and laundry; mail, telephone, and computer access; personal care supplies; health and safety items; transportation and emergency rental assistance; and emergency clothing and blankets.
The Elderly Services Department at SOME provides regular socialization, nutritious meals, case management, activities, food deliveries, and enrichment opportunities to Washington DC’s vulnerable elderly population. Through the Caregivers program , the Dwelling Place Senior Center and Shelter for Abused and Neglected Elderly, and the Senior Summer Camp, SOME supports the health and well-being of low income senior citizens
Seabury's Age in Place program provides community-supported housing programs for the elderly in northeast Washington, DC. Programs focus on seniors most in need, whether through limited physical capacity, poverty, homelessness, or lack of family or other social support.+ www.seaburyresources.org
Founded in 1995, the DC Coalition on Long Term Care is dedicated to the development of quality and affordable long-term care options for low-income DC residents with chronic health needs so that they can remain in their homes in the community. A central focus is strengthening the long term care workforce. The Coalition is a project of Iona Senior Services.
DC Appleseed solves problems affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the National Capital Area. Financial support received is multiplied many times over by thousands of hours of donated pro bono time. DC Appleseed works with volunteer attorneys, business leaders, and community experts to identify pressing challenges, conduct research and analysis, make specific recommendations for reform, and implement effective solutions.
Rebuilding Together of Washington DC (RTDC) provides free home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners, giving highest priority to the elderly, Veterans, disabled or families caring for young children in seriously deteriorating conditions, and to nonprofit community centers that serve DC’s most vulnerable citizens. Volunteer house repair teams, corporate and nonprofit sponsors, foundations, and local businesses work with RTDC to enable residents to stay in their homes, where they can live with independence and dignity.+ www.rebuildingtogetherdc.org
The mission of Pennsylvania Avenue Village East is to organize seniors in the neighborhood to join together and help each other so that all can live independently at home for as long as possible.+ www.pavillageast.org
D.C. Hunger Solutions works to improve the health and economic security of low-income residents of the District of Columbia by expanding participation in the federal nutrition programs and increasing access to healthy, affordable food. The growing rate of food insecurity among older District residents often co-exists with increased levels of depression and diabetes, and limitations on activities of daily living.