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A Christmas Story Gone Horribly Wrong: Sometimes There Isn't Even a Manger

A Christmas Story Gone Horribly Wrong: Sometimes There Isn't Even a Manger

12. 4.2013
This December 9th is the due date of a woman I will probably never meet. She lives in a tarpaulin-tent in some woods behind a convenience...
Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

11.27.2013
I couldn't help but tear up when a little girl told the crowd that "adoption is when your auntie becomes your mommy." So much power in...
Building Strong Children in Maryland Through Breakfast

Building Strong Children in Maryland Through Breakfast

11.26.2013
"Some kids are here 12 hours a day. This is the only place they eat. If we take care of the kids, they will take care of the school."
Helping Kevin Recover From Trauma

Helping Kevin Recover From Trauma

11.21.2013
In the past, there would be few options left for kids like Kevin. He would have continued to bounce from one foster setting to another...

The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer: A Room

11.21.2013
With the holidays around the corner, I start getting questions from many volunteers about how they can help those in our community who...
All Hail, Supermarket Fundraising Volunteers!

All Hail, Supermarket Fundraising Volunteers!

11. 5.2013
When I go to buy groceries, I am not interested in the Boy Scouts' latest accomplishments. Standing at Bethesda Cares' table, I hate it...
Feline Victims Of Government Shutdown Need New Homes

Feline Victims Of Government Shutdown Need New Homes

11. 1.2013
It's not just humans who suffered through the government shutdown. King Street Cats, a feline rescue based in Northern Virginia, "is...

Tell Congress to Mix It Up

10.23.2013
Here's what we've learned after 12 years of doing Mix: When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and mis-perceptions...
The Other Face of Hunger: A Closer Look at the Impact Illness Has on the District's Hungry

The Other Face of Hunger: A Closer Look at the Impact Illness Has on the District's Hungry

10.22.2013
As a city that leads the country in AIDS cases per capita and also has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the country, it is...
I Get Mail, Therefore I Am.

I Get Mail, Therefore I Am.

10.22.2013
I'm well aware that our office mailing address is a sorry substitute for a home address. But at least it's a place where someone living...

D.C. Must Plan a Way to Serve Minor Children on Freezing Nights

10.16.2013
From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency...
The Kinder Chronicles, Part Two

The Kinder Chronicles, Part Two

10.15.2013
My title is kindergarten teacher. It may be the most difficult work I've ever done.
Congress to Homeless Youth: You're Expendable

Congress to Homeless Youth: You're Expendable

10.11.2013
Each year, more than 1.6 million children experience an episode of homelessness in the United States. The shutdown of the federal government...
A Brief Rant About the Shutdown and Fiscal Stupidity

A Brief Rant About the Shutdown and Fiscal Stupidity

10.11.2013
I am angry about what the lack of paychecks will inevitably do to people living from paycheck to paycheck: It will put some of them on...