UPO’s extensive partnership of agencies, organizations, and special programs provides core community services throughout the District of Columbia. These services, which are directly operated by UPO or independent agencies, include specialized hotlines, senior citizens activities, childcare services and neighborhood programs.

Other services include youth and senior citizens programs, housing assistance, employment training and placement and emergency care.

FY2015 Sub-Grantee Agencies

Washington English Center

Washington English Center (WEC) was established in 1993 to provide excellent and affordable English classes and other educational programs to low-income immigrants using volunteer teachers and tutors. WEC serves residents city-wide but primarily draws students from Wards 1 and 4.

Washington English Center (Formerly Language ETC)
2200 California St. NW (Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church)
Washington, DC 20008

(202) 387-2222

Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director
mlemp@washingtonenglish.org

Covenant House Washington

Covenant House Washington (CHW) was founded in 1995 as the local affiliate of Covenant House International which responds to the needs of older youth suffering from homelessness, abuse and neglect. The Work Readiness Education and Training program targets residents of Wards 7 and 8 ages 18-24 years. It has four distinct components: (1) academic training; (2) occupational training; (3) work readiness training; and (4) job or advanced training placement.

Covenant House Washington
2001 Mississippi Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20020

(202) 610-9600

Dr. Madye Henson, Executive Director
mhenson@chdc.org

DC Central Kitchen

DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) was founded in 1988 to bring solutions to the problems of poverty, hunger and poor health. It provides healthy food, vocational training and nutritional education to low-income persons in the District. DCCK’s culinary job training program prepares unemployed men and women for jobs in the food industry. The target population is adults residing in Wards 5, 7 and 8, many of whom are ex-offenders.

DC Central Kitchen
425 2nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 266-2018

Michael F. Curtin, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
mcurtin@dccentralkitchen.org

Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative

Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (EBFSC) is one of the District’s five Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaboratives. Founded in 1996, its mission to strengthen families and build vibrant communities. RISE uP (Readiness Individualized Support Employment Program) provides comprehensive case management, job readiness training and job placement assistance. The target population is persons 11 years of age and older residing in Wards 5 and 6.

Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative
200 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 832-9400

Louvenia Williams, Executive Director
lwilliams@ebfsc.org

Carmen Robles-Inman, Program Director Workforce Development
crobles-inman@ebfsc.org

Opportunities Industrialization Center of DC

Opportunities Industrialization Center of DC (OIC) is a community-based organization and a licensed Post-Secondary Non-Degree Institution providing literacy/work readiness, workforce development, and vocational training programs in customer service, home health care, Microsoft Office, A+ computer repair, and entrepreneurship. The target population is adults residing in Wards 7 and 8.

Opportunities Industrialization Center of DC
3707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20032

(202) 373-0050

Alexis Roberson, Executive Director
alexisroberson@aol.com

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS) in partnership with Southeast Ministry operates the Southeast Family Haven Project. LSS was founded in 1917 as a nonsectarian, multi-service, nonprofit organization. Southeast Ministry DC was founded in 1990 as a client-centered, educationally-based organization that fosters self-development. This project provides: (1) adult basic education classes; (2) GED preparation classes; (3) job readiness; and (4) youth development activities. LSS serves youth and adults residing primarily in Wards 7 and 8.

Lutheran Social Services
4406 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011

(202) 723-3000

Deacon Katherine Miller-Holland, Director Church and Community Ministries
hollandk@lssnca.org

Southeast Ministry
3111 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20032

(202) 562-2636

Dianne Harris, Education Coordinator
dharris@southeastministrydc.org

Vida Senior Center

Vida Senior Center (VIDA) was founded in 1969 and serves as a multi-service center for Latino and other seniors in the District of Columbia. Its Safety Net programs help to improve the quality of life and promote independence through recreation and socialization activities, congregate meals, health promotions, medical screenings, nutrition education, US Department of Agriculture Supplemental Food Distribution, and senior-to-senior home maintenance assistance care. Vida serves residents city-wide, particularly of Wards 1 and 4.

Vida Senior Centers
1824 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

(202) 483-5800, ext. 106

Rosa Pizzi, Executive Director
rpizzi@vidaseniorcenters.org

Collaborative Solutions for Communities

Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC) was founded in 1996 with a mission to build strong sustainable family and neighborhood systems through family support services, training, advocacy, community capacity building and economic development. Although geographically located in the Columbia Heights/Shaw community, it serves Wards 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC)
1816 12th St. NW, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20009

(202) 518-6737

Penelope Griffith, Executive Director
pgriffith@wearecsc.org

Community Services Agency

Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO (CSA) was founded in 1991 by the metro area labor community to address the social services needs of working families. It began coordinating workforce development initiatives in 2000 to help move low-income persons into family-sustaining jobs. CSA’s Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training and Placement Program has operated since 2006. It will provide vocational training in construction to District residents from Wards 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Community Services Agency, Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO
888 16th St. NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 974-8221

Kathleen McKirchy, Executive Director
kmckirchy@dclabor.org