Miriam’s Kitchen operates the only meals program in Washington, D.C. that is open, Monday through Friday, all year long, no matter the holiday or weather emergency.
All of our meals are made with fresh, healthy ingredients. The restaurant-quality food we serve shows our guests that we care. It builds a bridge of trust. And it makes it possible to form a relationship with each individual who comes through our doors.
Our case managers work one-on-one with guests each day in our dining room. We also partner with many organizations who bring their services to Miriam’s Kitchen.
In a warm and welcoming environment, we help our guests by:
Assessing their immediate and long term needs
Identifying strategies for accomplishing their goals
Providing clothing and toiletries
Providing access to a consistent phone and mailing address
Connecting guests to mental health services
Helping guests obtain housing
Providing resume and job search assistance
Helping guests apply for benefits and obtaining ID
Miriam’s Studio is a distinctly different therapeutic space than what many of our guests are used to, and that’s really important–especially for those of our guests who don’t trust the traditional homeless services model.
Guests are free to create art in a variety of media – drawing, sculpture, collage, painting, jewelry – that can be completed in a single session or over several sessions. During the creative process, the art therapist observes and engages guests while participants speak openly and gain support from each other in a safe and trusting environment.
Miriam’s Kitchen provides supportive services to 95 individuals in the Department of Human Services Permanent Supportive Housing Program (DHS PSHP), who live in units located throughout the city.
Once clients are matched with housing, Miriam’s Kitchen serves as a coordinator and advocate between clients, their landlords and service providers, an essential strategy for long-term success.