Miriam's Kitchen was founded in 1983 to meet the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness in downtown Washington, DC. Three organizations – Western Presbyterian Church, Unity Church and the George Washington University Hillel – banded together to serve our neighbors. In the beginning, we served only breakfast. Soon we added case management, our therapeutic art program and we started serving dinner too. Our base of support grew from the original three organizations to hundreds of corporations and faith communities and thousands of individuals.
But after seeing the same individuals in our dining room year after year, we recognized that serving meals was not enough.
So we challenged ourselves to think about homelessness in a bold new way. We asked “How do we put ourselves out of business?”
This is why in 2012 Miriam's Kitchen changed our mission from just responding to homelessness to fighting to end it. In doing so we held ourselves accountable for every action needed to accomplish this goal:
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