On February 23rd, 2016, Sasha Bruce Youthwork opened a new Drop In Center on Barracks Row, in Southeast Washington, DC. Public officials and community partners showed up to mark the occasion.
Debby Shore spoke about the need for safe spaces for youth in the nation’s capital, and the work that Sasha Bruce is doing to make that happen. The newly opened Drop In Center is available to youth up to age 24, and provides youth with showers, community space, food, and access to resources.
Pam Lieber, the Program Manger for SBY’s Drop In Center, explained the many opportunities available for youth in need. A case manager and counselor will allow participants to enter the space with the freedom to simply be present, and the many practical functions – including a kitchen, and laundry area – will provide assistance to those who need it most.
Other notable speakers included Darla Bardine of National Network for Youth, Hilary Cairns of the Department of Human Services, Battalion Chief Sean Carter, as well as SBY youth speakers Danielle Gilmore, from SBY’s Transitional Living Program, and Andre Hinton ofSBY’s Workforce Development program.
A large “thank you” to all who support the work of connecting youth to opportunities in the Washington DC area. If you would like to donate to Sasha Bruce’s mission to end youth homelessness click here, and view the SBY Drop-In Center Press Release.
Photography by Evy Mages for Sasha Bruce Youthwork.