The NWSH is a multi service social agency. In addition to providing quality childcare, we also provide a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the Shaw Community. The following come under the umbrella of The Center: Senior Citizen Services, Parent/Family Programs, Family Support Program, and Advocacy.
Saturday Breakfast Bunch Club
Every third Saturday of the month, NWSH hosts a literacy program for children ages 3-8. We provide breakfast and have story time and work on reading with children in the community. All children are welcome and you do not have to attend NWSH to participate. Thanks to a grant from The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (http://www.blessedsacramentdc.org) we are able to fund this project. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer send us an email on our contact us page.
NWSH Seniors Club
We provide recreational activities and additional assistance to homebound seniors. The NWSH Seniors Club participates in shopping trips, luncheons, tours, exercising, and other community social activities. The group also takes advantage of educational opportunities, such as computer classes and informational health sessions.
Senior Services includes both the long-standing NWSH Senior Club as well as a newer initiative, We Are Family. The latter is an outreach and advocacy network created in 2004 by community seniors and their friends. Both wings share the same approach: We don’t wait for problems to come to us. Instead, we go out into the Shaw and North Capitol Street neighborhoods, visiting the elderly in their own homes. We bring support, advice, and a kind ear to those who may feel overwhelmed or lonely. We are not simply a social service agency, but a network of caring eyes and ears, a friend to ensure that no senior is forgotten or exploited, built on a foundation of a dedicated corps of volunteers. We earn our seniors’ trust by helping wherever we can.
NWSH strives to offer opportunities for parents to engage in programs designed to strengthen family interaction and the ability of families to better care for their members. Our commitment to families is apparent in our yearly pursuit to meet the ever-changing needs and desires of families by adding innovative programming options. Throughout the year we offer stand alone workshops and/or program series for the purpose of enriching the lives of parents and children.
Currently, every second Tuesday, we have workshops open to our parents and to the community. We provide dinner and children are welcome to come, unless stated. This is a free event. Topics in the past have included:
- Domestic Violence
- Fire and Safety Prevention
- Breastfeeding Education
- Healthy Eating at home
- How to prevent communicable diseases
- Financial Planning (Upcoming)
Starting January 2014, we will be partnering with different organizations throughout the metropolitan area to have a workshop once a month to help empower young women in the community. We will focus on resume writing, job placement, and life challenges that young women face. We are in the process of recruiting women who would like to be mentors, if you are interested please contact Ms. Lauren Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “woman’s empowerment initiative”.