2021-2023 The Washington Post Helping Hand Beneficiaries

Bread for the City

Provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to reduce the burden of poverty. 
To donate by check, mail to Bread for the City, Attn: Development, 1525 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Friendship Place

Empowering individuals to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs, and reconnect with friends, family, and the community, permanently. 
To donate by check, mail to Friendship Place, 3655 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Miriam's Kitchen

From meals to housing, Miriam’s Kitchen plays a critical role in the fight to end chronic homelessness in D.C.
To donate by check, mail to Miriam’s Kitchen, Attn: Development, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037 

Post readers provide a hefty gift in the fight against homelessness

Washington Post readers donated more than $260,000 to three local Helping Hand charities: Bread for the City, Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen.

A special gift for her birthday: A new apartment for someone else

In December alone, Esther Ford from Miriam's Kitchen found apartments for eight people.

Friendship Place’s Before Thirty program: Extreme adulting

If you've grown up in poverty and despair, becoming an "adult" isn't as easy as it sounds.

Bread for the City hoped $5,500 would improve people’s lives. It did.

What would you do with a $5,500 deposit to spend however you liked?

Chronically homeless men have found a home at La Casa in the District

The streets are dangerous and cold. Friendship Place's La Casa is safe and warm.

Shopping for a new look at Bread for the City’s clothing room

Bread for the City's clothing room has something for everyone.

Health is hard for people who are homeless. Miriam’s Kitchen helps.

“Even the healthiest person thrown into homelessness will develop all kinds of health issues.”

A unique class teaches the seemingly powerless how to make changes

“The power is in the numbers. We’re trying to teach people in the community how to organize.”

Tending to a scattered flock at Friendship Place

Is it hard to go up to homeless strangers and just start talking to them?

Artistic mornings at Miriam’s Kitchen offer a way to make connections

”Folks can come in and hopefully relax and enjoy making art just for the sake of relaxation.”

Bread for the City’s immigration lawyer helps clients find stability

“Our goal is to help as many individuals as we can with what I call full legal representation.”

Friendship Place helped a survivor of abuse turn her life around

“Whoever would have thought I would make it this far?”

For unhoused people, Esther Ford provides a new lease on life

"She's been my angel and my blessing."

When his wife was sick, this D.C. man turned to Bread for the City

"There’s nothing that they won’t do for us — for all of us.”

Bridge housing can be the link between homelessness and a home

When a person experiencing homelessness leaves the streets, the streets don’t magically leave the person.

Free, tasty meals provide a reason to visit Miriam’s Kitchen

Some people will come for meals for years before taking up the group’s offer to match them with a case worker.
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The Washington Post Helping Hand

The Washington Post Helping Hand seeks to facilitate significant financial donations directly to human service nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metro area through high-impact, in-depth narratives about those in need and the programs that assist them.
  • Jun 22, 2017

The Washington Post Helping Hand names its 2021-23 beneficiaries

The Washington Post Helping Hand, a charitable giving initiative, today announced the selection of Bread for the City, Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen as the three beneficiaries of the 2021-2023 cycle. Over the next three winter holiday seasons, Local Columnist John Kelly will highlight the work of each nonprofit through bi-weekly “John Kelly’s Washington” columns in The Washington Post. Post Helping Hand will help facilitate direct donations from readers to the nonprofits through Kelly’s column.
  • Oct 27, 2021

How to apply to The Washington Post Helping Hand

The Washington Post is launching its third cycle of Helping Hand, a nonprofit giving initiative started by The Post to help connect the D.C. community with local nonprofit organizations. Helping Hand is currently seeking letters of inquiry from human services nonprofits that work toward the prevention and remediation of hunger, homelessness and poverty, in the Washington, D.C. area for a three-year commitment.
  • Jun 22, 2017

The Washington Post Helping Hand raises record $816k for beneficiaries Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat

The charitable giving initiative has raised a total of $1.4 million for Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits focused on alleviating hunger, homelessness and poverty since its inception in 2014.
  • Jan 15, 2020

The Washington Post Helping Hand raises record $1.1 million to support local nonprofits

The Washington Post Helping Hand announced it has successfully raised over $250,000 in the 2018-2019 season bringing the total funds raised to $1.14 million since the charitable giving initiative began in 2014.
  • Jan 15, 2019