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Holidays Bright for Homeless Families at SOME

Holidays Bright for Homeless Families at SOME

This holiday season, 22 homeless and extremely low-income families are moving into SOME’s newest affordable housing program for families.  Named for its location in SE, DC, the Chesapeake Street program provides safe, affordable apartments along with supportive services and an after school program.

The Chesapeake Street apartment complex opened just in time for the holidays, and the program will hold its community holiday party today, December 22.  Santa will be on hand to distribute donated gifts to the 60 children who will live there.  Families will also receive dinner baskets so that they can prepare festive, holiday meals in their new apartments.

DC Star Gives From The Heart: Grammy Award Winning Mya Hosts Charitable Homecoming

DC Star Gives From The Heart:  Grammy Award Winning Mya Hosts Charitable Homecoming

Grammy award winning singer, model, actress and philanthropist Mya has brought star power and her giving heart to her hometown Washington, D.C.  Her holiday winterfest 2010 started this past Friday at Muse Lounge with a toy drive.  Check out the video above for the full interview.  Saturday, she gave away sneakers for kids in collaboration with Mayor Elect Gray along with special guests Raheem DeVaughn, Tabi Bonney and Wale.  Sunday, Mya fed over 300 guests of families in need at Indulj on U Street in collaboration with 93.9 WKYS and Washington Wizards.  This weekend benefitted, S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), The Grant My Wish Foundation and Mya's charity

"Top Chef" All-Star, DC Restaurant Owner Spike Mendelsohn Plays Santa Claus in Anacostia

"Top Chef" All-Star, DC Restaurant Owner Spike Mendelsohn Plays Santa Claus in Anacostia

On Tuesday, December 14th, “Top Chef” Season 4 contestant and current All-Star Spike Mendelsohn played Saint Nick.

Beacon House Falcons Football Team Wins Pop Warner League Super Bowl in Florida

The Beacon House Falcon Football Team, of the 75 lb. “Jr. Pee Wee" division,  beat the Liberty City Warriors 19-0 in Orlando, Florida to win the Pop Warner Super Bowl Division I Championship Title this past Saturday, December 11. 

Beacon House, is a non-profit after-school tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational center for low-income, at-risk children in Ward 5.  After qualifying for the Super Bowl, Beacon Hill asked the community for donations to help them travel to Florida.  The community responded, and Beacon Hill got to compete, and ultimately brought the title home to D.C..

“Our team played a strong and disciplined game," Ty Johnson, the Falcons Head Coach, said.  "We are all very proud of them."

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

When  Miss DC USA pageant director, Althea Smith asked me to be the last female judge for the Miss DC competition, I was ecstatic and of course said "YES".  I hadn't ever done anything like this before and the experience was a ton of fun.  The most suprising part of the competition was how much love and support the girls gave each other. Even though it was a competition, the sisterhood they belong to makes it more like a family than a contest.
 

Ward 5 Pee Wee Team Qualifies for Pop Warner League Super Bowl; Asks For Community Donations To Go

This story comes to us from Stacey Erd, Executive Director of Beacon House:

 

Beacon House, the non-profit after-school tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational center for low-income, at-risk children in Ward 5, had one of its football teams win the Eastern Regional Championship of the Pop Warner Football League over Thanksgiving weekend. The Beacon House Falcons 75 lb. “Jr. Pee Wees” beat the Rahway Chiefs 19- 0 in Holmdel, New Jersey. They are now scheduled to go to Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2010 to play in the Pop Warner Football League Super Bowl.

 

DC SCORES hosts District's largest youth Poetry Slam!

DC SCORES hosts District's largest youth Poetry Slam!

The time has finally arrived – almost. After months of learning, writing, re-writing and practicing, DC SCORES’ 800 poet-athletes are making final preparations for the culminating highlight event of the fall season.

The 13th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.

DC SCORES is an after-school program that uses the unique combination of soccer, poetry and service-learning to inspire students ages 8-15 to live healthy lifestyles and be engaged in school and their communities.

On consecutive nights, 400 of the District’s public elementary and middle school students will take the stage during the citywide competition to vie for the coveted Golden Mic trophy that goes to the elementary school winner. The Slam! showcases original works of poetry written and performed by the students at DC SCORES' 25 schools.